Religious Studies

Subject Talk

Transition materials for Y11 going into Y12


WHAT IS RELIGIOUS STUDIES?
Religious Studies at A-level is very different from what you may have studied already. You will study three separate units: Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Theology. We consider complex issues and investigate the nature of religious experience and whether these can be explained by science, psychology or supernatural means.

WHY STUDY?
This 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?

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.

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

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?
The course is assessed by three two hour exams at the end of Year 13, all of which carry equal weighting.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES?
This course provides an excellent grounding in any career that requires analytical and communication skills. It will also be of benefit to any careers that require high level decision making and is highly regarded by universities and employers.