RELIGIOUS STUDIES

AS/AS

Is it for me?

The course aim is to engage thinkers.  It will look at arguments about the existence of God, the problems of evil and suffering, debates about miracles and ethical issues such as euthanasia and genetic engineering.

What will I be doing?

We follow the Edexcel syllabus on philosophy and ethics. The course is divided into four units, a foundation and development unit on philosophy and ethics, a piece of coursework, and an implications unit based on the study of an anthology.  Topics are centred on philosophical reasons for the existence or non-existence of God and a study of ethical concepts.

How do I pass the course?

You need good attendance and punctuality throughout the course to pass each module and improve your skills.  You will need to be able to debate effectively and give presentations.  You will need to be able to explain and analyse effectively and use the evidence of philosophical views.  At the end of Year 12 you will be examined on the modules you have studied.  In Year 13 you may do an extended essay on one of the modules.

Where will it take me?

This subject will complement any other AS/A2 course and will help develop students’ skills such as analysis, debating and critical thinking.  This subject provides you with a viable academic basis for higher education.

How do I get on the course?

You will need at least a grade C in RE at GCSE (either the full or short course).  For further information talk to your teacher or attend the Post-16 Open Evening.