Religious Studies

A Level

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Availability & Details

Religious Studies, A-Level HF-RESTAL-D(0000)000

Venue
Havant Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Dates
Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

Examination board
OCR

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Overview

This is an academic subject well-received by universities because it teaches critical thinking, the ability to construct and analyse arguments, to reflect on with morality and view issues with an open mind.

It also gives you a rounded and mature outlook on important life topics. As well as this, you will study the beliefs and practices found within the Buddhist faith. It’s a good addition to any A Level programme and can lead to a wide range of degree courses.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics. If you have taken this subject at GCSE you should have a grade 4 or higher or equivalent qualifications.

Across the two years, you will study three equally weighted units:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ethical Theories
  • Buddhist Beliefs and Practices

In Year Two, you’ll look more deeply into some of the issues you studied in Year One, analyse arguments for God’s existence and explore religious experiences and ethical issues.

You’ll attend talks and lectures from visiting speakers, including lecturers from the University of Chichester and the University of Southampton and also other speakers such as ministers who you can question with content from the course.

There is no coursework. All examinations will be at the end of the Second Year.

You’ll be able to progress onto a number of different Higher Education degrees after this course. You may choose joint or single subject degrees including religious studies, philosophy, English literature, cultural studies, law or politics.


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