Course Information

Religious Studies

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* - C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE English Language at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

Learners must study all three components.

 

Component 1: A Study of Religion

Written examination: 2 hours (33.3% of qualification)

 This component focuses on the study of Islam (option B). There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts;

religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity.

Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component.

 

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

Written examination: 2 hours (33.3% of qualification)

 There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language.

Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component.

Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

 

Component 3: Religion and Ethics

Written examination: 2 hours (33.3% of qualification)

 There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism; free will. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

Future prospects

Religious Studies is held in high esteem by higher education institutions. This course is an excellent foundation for degree courses in Law, Medicine, Journalism, Psychology, Theology and Philosophy. Being able to link, debate, analyse and develop your own ideas are regarded as very useful skills.

This is a good course to link up with Art, 3D Design, Business Studies, Information Technology, Media Studies, IT Practitioners and General Studies.