In this subject we examine some of life’s big questions. Is there a meaning to life? What happens when we die? What is morality? Does God exist? We will also engage critically with contemporary ethical issues, such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment and animal rights.
Our study of a major world religion focusses on Christianity, with an emphasis on the relationship between Christian belief and a range of issues. These will include subjects as diverse as science, gender, sexuality and immigration. The second year will deepen your understanding of the material covered in the first year and you explore the nature of religious language, evaluate different understandings of ‘miracles’, and examine the dialogues between philosophy, religion and ethics.
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You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range including English.
You will be assessed through two written examinations at the end of your second year.
Theology and religious studies graduates are well known as possessing a wide range of qualities which are highly valued by employers. Such qualities include the ability to understand the meaning of complex written documents, in addition to empathy and the ability to understand people and take on board others’ views.
Pervious students have gone on to study and find employment in a broad variety of professions such as teaching, law, finance, publishing, journalism, social work, and youth work.
The best thing about religious studies is that it teaches how us to appreciate and understand a wide range of views, including one’s own beliefs or lack thereof.
A Levels (Biology, Geology & Religious Studies)