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Course leader: Miss R Flanagan

Aims of the course:

  • To discover and explore some of the key philosophical questions that life presents.
  • To study what is meant by ‘ethics’ and how this can impact on human actions.
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the Christian faith in relation to contemporary issues.

What are lessons like?

  • Lessons are highly engaging and interesting, yet exam focused.
  • Focus on the development of examination technique.
  • Opportunities for debate and discussion on contemporary issues.
  • All lessons have pre populated notes which students can annotate and develop.
  • Interactive revision games e.g. Kahoot
  • Folders are provided.

What are exams like?

  • There are TWO 3 hour examinations in Religious Studies.
  • Paper 1: Philosophy and Ethics
  • Paper 2: Christianity

Recommended prior learning /entry requirements:

  • Catholic Christianity / Christianity for GCSE study
  • A grade 4 in RE and English

Recommended additional reading:

  • Keep up to date with current affairs e.g. the news!
  • Richard Swinburne ‘Is there a God?’

Entry Requirements

It is expected that you will have achieved a GCSE grade 5 or above in R.E. and/or English in order to access the level of course content.

Where can this course lead to?

  • This Religious Studies A Level course is viewed very highly by universities. It is a traditional, academic subject which allows students to become highly skilled in academic writing.
  • Studying this subject can help lead to a wide range of university courses, alongside subject specific courses such as Theology and Philosophy.
  • The study of Theology / Philosophy at university can lead to a range of careers in education, business, law and research. This type of degree would make students eligible for a wide range of graduate schemes in a number of different professions.

Why take Religious Studies at St Mary’s College Sixth Form?

  • Become highly skilled in academic writing, including evaluation and analysis.
  • To gain a wider understanding of the world, people’s choices and faith.
  • To develop essential skills for university, such as discussion and debate.
  • Be a part of one of the highest performing subjects at St Mary’s College – ALPS 2 for four consecutive years.