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Religious Studies AS/A2 Level
What will you be learning?

In Religious Studies, we examine some of the deepest questions underlying human existence. Is there an ultimate intelligence behind the universe, and if so, how could we ever know? Why are we here? Is there such a thing as good and evil, right and wrong – or are they just human inventions, to keep people in their place? If there is a God, and God is both good and all-powerful, why is there so much evil in the world? Over the centuries, some of humankind’s greatest thinkers have suggested answers to these questions, and you will be grappling with these answers, as well as (hopefully) suggesting answers of your own. Religious Studies is an essay-based subject that requires the ability to argue and debate and also the ability to think for oneself. The teachers have tailor-made a textbook to the exact requirements of the specification, so that note-taking during lesson-time is reduced to a minimum and discussion can range widely.

Sessions will vary: there will be lecture-style lessons, seminars and small-group discussions. Everyone is encouraged to take an active involvement in the lessons. Video footage is often used, ranging from ‘A Few Good Men’ to ‘The Song of Bernadette’, as well as straight documentaries, such as ‘Stigmata in Derby’, ‘Glimpses of Life After Death’, and ‘Can God’s Existence be Proved’?


‘Foundations’ - This is an examined module that covers the Philosophy of Religious Ethics. In this part of the course, we deal with arguments for God’s existence, whether morality depends on religion, whether miracles happen, how religious people attempt to explain the evil and suffering of the world.
‘Investigations’ - This is an examined module looking at religious experience – is it possible for human beings to experience God, or ultimate reality? Is it a form of psychological disturbance? Should we pursue such experiences, or try to avoid them?

‘Developments’ - This is an examined module that covers the Philosophy of Religions and Religious Ethics. In this part of the course, we deal with arguments for God’s existence, we look at life after death (is there such a thing, and how might it be conceived?); and Religious Language.
‘Implications’ - This is a module in which the examination questions are based on an anthology of sources, published by Edexcel. It looks at the consequences of holding opinions, and how beliefs affect people, for good or evil.

Enrichment Activities: Trip costs involved are: two London conferences at around £15 each.

When? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered? Usually as part of a full-time programme.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.

Who can do it? Age range: 16 - 19.

What will you be working towards?
Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced GCE in Religious Studies (500/2331/7).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: A2 Level.
Sector: Theology and Religious Studies.

Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Religious Studies (500/2448/6).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: AS Level.
Sector: Theology and Religious Studies.

What happens when you have finished?
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Religious Studies, which could lead you onto higher education to study Theology or Religious Studies.

The subject is valued by universities because, as well as being a long-established A Level qualification in its own right, it develops critical analysis and gives pupils the confidence to deal with the abstract.

With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues and Theology such as a Social Worker or Counsellor.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.

Where Can I Find More Information?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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