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A Level Religious Studies

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title A Level Religious Studies
Code Religious Studies
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

This course is ideal for learners who enjoy discussing issues relation to religion, philosophy and ethics. The history, key ideas and impact of Islam is studied in detail. Different philosophical arguments for the existence of God, why evil exists in a world created by God, and evidence for miracles and supernatural events will be explored.

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including work experience or our Law, Sociology or Debating society.

Details

The Units are:

World Religion –Islam 

  • Origins and development of Islam 
  • Nature and authority of the Qur’an
  • 5 pillars of Islam
  • Concepts of Sharia Law and Jihad
  • Beliefs about prophets, judgement and heaven and hell
  • Islam and the modern world

Philosophy of Religion

  • Different arguments to explain the existence of God
  • Is it good to fear God?
  • The problem of evil and suffering
  • Religion as ‘all in the mind’
  • Religion and mystical experience

Religion and Ethics

  • Does moral law exist?
  • What is virtue?
  • What is goodness?
  • Does the ‘right thing’ depend on the situation?
  • How does morality relate to homosexuality, capital punishment and animal experimentation?

How will it be delivered?

This course is assessed by exams.

Entry requirements

GCSE English at Grade 5 or above and an average points score of 4.6 or above.

Your next steps...

Would like to progress to Higher Education to study a degree in a Social Science subject . Or would like to progress into employment in areas such as counselling, social work and jobs within charities and local government.

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