Eduqas A Level in Religious Studies
The Religious Studies A level is divided into 3 parts, Religion (Islam), Philosophy and Ethics. The course is designed to enhance evaluation skills and encourage critical thinking and the development of these skills will continue in Year 13.
The Philosophy section looks at challenges to religious belief including how psychology and sociology impact and explain religious belief. Students will then learn about religious language and how that impacts and explains religious beliefs. You will also study religious experience – how does that alter people's perception of God and religion, and how it impacts religious practice
The Ethics section looks at what we mean by right and wrong and why something may be right for one person but not for another, where humans get their morals from and the influence of society on values and morals. We will be looking at determinism and predestination and exploring the difference types and what impact they may have on behaviour, and what impact free will has on human beings and their beliefs
The Islam Component will explore the origins of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim, both in the past and in modern times. Once students have developed a deep understanding of Islamic beliefs and practices they will explore how these beliefs and practice differ between Sunni, Shiah and Sufi Muslims, and how they relate to modern day issues such as Muslim attitudes towards Jews and Christians, family, money, sex and divorce. They will also look at how Islamic law impacts society and the ease/difficulties believers may face following Islam around the world.
By the end of the course students will have a deep understanding of what motivates Muslims, and what they hope to achieve from life. They will be able to recognise and understand the similarities and differences between believers in Islam and believers in other faiths, and have a greater appreciation of the variety and diversity that different religions bring to the world we live in.
Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:
You should have at least a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE Religious Studies. You will also need a 5 grade in English.