Religious Studies

Philosophy, Ethics and New Testament Studies
How long does it last? Two years for A level, one year for AS Level.
Course Codes: Edexcel 9RS0
Exam Board Specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/religious-studies-2016.html

Students who take this course:
Students should enjoy discussion, expressing their opinions and justifying their comments. They should want to develop their critical and analytical skills. This subject equips students with problem solving, communication and presentation skills and therefore is an excellent choice of subject for those thinking about Law, History, Education & Medicine. It is also ideal for students who want to keep their options open for further study. Students should have a minimum grade B in RE and grade 6 in English Literature.

However it is not always necessary to have studied GCSE RE and we will consider other applicants based on other Humanities and English grades.

This course will be an opportunity to study some fundamental questions which people have always asked about life including: How should we behave and act in society? What is the purpose of life? Can we prove God exists? Is there Life after Death? What is the value of scripture in contemporary society?

It will encourage you to deal with controversial ideas about belief and values and will give you the confidence to express yourself using reasoned argument and evidence. It will focus on using the writings of key scholars to explore differing viewpoints about the development of the ideas. It will develop transferable skills of informed discussion and engagement with a range of texts and opinions which are a valuable basis for progression to higher education.

Course Description:
There are three themes to be studied in this course with each area of study equating to a third of the overall course. Each theme will be examined in a separate paper.

AS and A Level students will, in Year 12, be taught together. Those wishing to only do it to AS Level will be examined at the end of Year 12. Those wishing to continue to A Level will sit their exams at the end of Year 13.

Philosophy & Religion:
This will include the study of Philosophical issues and questions such as the Existence of God, The nature and influence of Religious Experience, Problems of Evil and Suffering, Philosophical language, Life After Death, Atheism, Religion & Science and includes the works of scholars, their  influences and developments in religious belief.

Ethics:
This will include studying significant concepts in issues and debates in religion and ethics, a study of ethical theories and applying the theories to issues of importance such as war and sexual ethics, Ethical language, the work of scholars and medical ethics.

Textual Studies:
In this component there will be a study of the sociological and historical context of the new testament, The Person of Jesus, Interpreting the text and issues of relationship and purpose, ways of interpreting the scripture and the strengths and weaknesses of each, the death and resurrection narratives, scientific and historical critical challenges and the works of scholars.