Involves the study of Buddhism, religious philosophy and ethics, including:
• Buddhist philosophy
• Buddhist practices
• Arguments for and against God
• The nature and problem of evil
• Religious experience
• Ethical thought
• Utilitarianism, situation ethics and Natural Law
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A minium of a Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a Grade 4 in traditional written subject e.g. GCSE History or English Literature.
Religious studies is a subject that examines the very nature of existence, from the wide scope of the beginnings of the universe to the very personal ideas we each hold on what is right and wrong. It is a subject that directly applies to one’s own existence, requiring students to consider beliefs and views of the wider world that they may not hold themselves. In this respect its relevance cannot be underestimated; modern issues such as the ethics of having a nuclear deterrent are laid alongside the Classical Greek philosophies on what makes a good life, allowing students to not only investigate a highly academic subject, but also the world around, and within, themselves.
There are three exams at the end of the two year course. The exam structure is entirely essay based, with each exam having four essays to complete in a two hour period.
Students that have studied A Level Religious Studies go on to study related courses at university. Areas include philosophy, humanities, English, international development, law and anthropology. Due to the ethical nature of the course it is also widely valued in careers in medicine, social work and the police.
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