Get to grips with what people believe and what makes them act as they do.
Religious Studies is an attractive option if you are interested in studying the fundamental questions which all human beings ask: What is the point of being alive?, What or who is God?, Why is there suffering and evil in the world?, What is the right way to live? and Is there anything beyond death?
The course includes the study of Buddhism and how this fascinating religion and philosophy has evolved and developed over time. It also introduces you to some of the great debates and thinkers in religion, philosophy and ethics.
This subject will appeal to you if you are enthusiastic and want to understand fascinating concepts and the deeply held convictions of others and to examine your prejudices, assumptions and beliefs.
The approach taken to studying Religious Studies is an objective, open-ended and exploratory one, encouraging debate and enabling students both to step imaginatively into the shoes of religious believers and to grapple with new ideas
"I really enjoy RS as it gives you the opportunity to engage with a wide range of fascinating issues, from the problem of evil to social status in India." Nathan Choat, Religious Studies
Philosophy of religion
- Philosophical issues and questions: Arguments for the existence of God.
- Challenges to religious belief – The problem of evil and suffering.
- Challenges to religious belief – Religious belief as a product of the human mind.
- The nature and influence of religious experience.
- The nature of religious language.
Religion and Ethics
- Ethical thought and theories.
- Deontological Ethics – Natural Law (applied to abortion and voluntary euthanasia) and Proportionalism (applied to immigration and capital punishment).
- Teleological Ethics – Situation Ethics (applied to homosexuality and polyamorous relationships) and Utilitarianism (applied to animal experimentation for medical. research and the use of nuclear weapons as a deterrent).
- Determinism and free will.
Study of One World Religion - Buddhism
- Religious concepts, beliefs and values.
- Significant social and historical developments in religious thought.
- Sources of wisdom and authority: sacred texts and religious figures.
- Practices that shape and express religious identity.
3 examination papers taken in Year 13. Each paper accounts for one-third of the qualification.
GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature).