RS, Philosophy and Psychology





Religious Studies at A-level is very different from what you may have studied at KS3, and even at GCSE.

You will study three separate units: Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Theology. Philosophy teaches us to argue, critically unpicking the structure of a watertight argument versus a weak one (hence our relevance to careers in law). We consider complex issues, for example whether God exists, whether it is reasonable to believe in God, and whether God’s existence can ever be proven. We investigate the nature of religious experience and whether the phenomenon can be explained by science, psychology or more supernatural means.

In Ethics we consider controversial issues such as animal rights, terrorism, polygamy and we explore ethical theories and analyse how people make moral decisions asking should we make ethical decisions based on what God has commanded or based on our own happiness? Should we make decisions based on the action itself or the outcome of the action?

Our study of Theology investigates the truth behind Biblical claims about the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus; were these stories merely myths written to make people believe in Jesus as the Son of God or is there some truth behind them?

We take a critical approach towards the study of the Bible, testing its claims and challenging its message to find out the fact behind the faith. We also look at the relevance or irrelevance of the church in today’s secular society and debate whether God is male or female and whether science and religion can ever be brought together.

In all three areas you will be taught skills of debate, critical thinking and essay writing.

Why study Religious Studies?
Our course allows you to get your teeth into a whole range of controversial topics: we don’t just study them, we intellectually attack them! Here are just a few of the quandaries you will need to debate: Is religion dead? Is God male or female? Can God suffer? Has science disproved the existence of God? Clearly then you can see how and why our lessons are active, fun, engaging and sometimes even a little crazy!

If you plan to be a Lawyer, Psychologist, Journalist, Teacher, Nurse, Police… anything to do with people and current affairs, then this could be the course for you.

Entry requirements
To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a positive College interview is required.

Students need to enjoy discussions and have an inquisitive mind. Despite what some people think, you definitely do not have to be religious yourself!