RELIGIOUS STUDIES (AQA 7062B)
“Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe…
the starry heaven above and the moral law within.” Immanuel Kant
Religious Studies AS/A Level is your chance to study PHILOSOPHY and THEOLOGY
In Philosophy of Religion:
You will study arguments for and against God’s existence and the problem of evil and suffering. You will analyse religious experiences and religious language. You will question the nature of miracles and consider the possibility of life after death.
In Ethics and Religion:
You will learn about key ethical theories like Natural Law and Utilitarianism. Then you will learn how to apply them to questions about life and death, like euthanasia, abortion and cloning. You will analyse whether humans are truly free and you will question the significance of the conscience.
In a Study of the Christian Religion:
You will learn about central theological ideas: the nature of God, the afterlife and perspectives on the Bible. You will study Christian moral principles and look at important contemporary debates – on sexuality, on the impact of science, secularisation and pluralism.
In the Dialogue between Philosophy and Christianity:
You will make sense of the way philosophical discussions have shaped and changed Christian belief – in God, the afterlife and miracles…
In the Dialogue between Ethics and Christianity:
You will understand the relationship between ethical studies and Christian beliefs – about life and death, sexuality, free will and the conscience…
Learn to argue with the philosophical greats:
PLATO ARISTOTLE DESCARTES HUME KANT RUSSELL WITTGENSTEIN
…and theologians who have shaped Christian thought:
AUGUSTINE AQUINAS CALVIN BARTH RAHNER HICK
Assessment: Examination only, no coursework
Is Religious Studies Useful?
Studying Philosophy and Theology provides an outstanding education in thinking and communicating. You will learn to evaluate and argue with precision, skills your future university is looking for. In the past, students looking to go on to study Economics, Medicine, Law, Business Studies and Psychology have chosen to take RS A Level for the skills it provides. Of course, many of our students are inspired to go on to study degree courses in Philosophy or Theology.
Religious Studies complements many A Level subjects, from Physics and Maths to English, History and Art. In RS we consider fundamental questions of human nature and existence. This helps to deepen our students’ understanding of their other subjects.
Students do not need to have studied RS at GCSE, nor do they need any kind of “religious” commitment.
What some past students have said:
“RS is an inspiring subject. It opens the mind and forces you to go beyond our apparent realm of reality.”
“With RS as my third subject alongside Biology and Chemistry, I successfully applied for medicine. It sharpened my thinking and gave me the ethical skills I will need.
Academically, it is expected that students entering Birkdale’s Sixth Form will have achieved a minimum of 5 passes (9 to 5) at GCSE, with at least 4 at grade 6 or higher; we would expect 6 or higher GCSE grades in those subjects being studied to A level. A grade 6 is required to study A Level English and Mathematics, although a grade 7 is preferred in Mathematics. Prospective Further Mathematicians should achieve a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics although a grade 8 is preferred. In addition at Birkdale we look beyond the academic and would wish applicants to become fully involved in the life of the school, offering their skills and abilities in one or more of a number of areas (e.g. drama, sport, music, clubs and societies, etc).