Religious Studies

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • You want to study ethics and in particular the Buddhist religion in depth.
  • You want to tackle the greatest philosophical theories and ideas.
  • You will become an enlightened thinker, being able to contribute to the ethical debates of the greatest minds.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Year 1 (AS) – Buddhism in depth, philosophy of religion (including the arguments for the existence of God) and religious ethics (including natural law and utilitarianism).

Year 2 (A-Level) – Buddhism in further depth, miracles, religious language, meta-ethics and free will and determinism.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – three exams

Year 2 (A-Level) – three two-hour exams

 

PROGRESSION

Students go on to university and a variety of careers including teaching, social work, public services, caring professions and jobs within the private sector.

 

 

READING LIST

To get started with this course, you can get a flavour with the following reading list;

 

  • Frye, J, 2017. Religious Studies for A-Level Year 1 and AS
  • Frye, J, et al, 2017. Religious Studies for A-Level Year 2
  • Davies, B. 1983, 1993, 2004. An Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
  • Cole, P. 2008. Philosophy of Religion (Access to Religion)
  • Jordan, A, Lockyer N and Tate, E. 1999. Philosophy of Religion for A-Level
  • Vardy, P and Arliss, J. 2003. The Thinkers Guide to God
  • Vary, P and Vardy, C. 2013. God Matters
  • Thompson, M. 2010. Understand the Philosophy of Religion: Teach Yourself
  • Gaarder, J. 1995. Sophie’s World
  • Hansell, N. 2016. The Sage Train (Philosophy comes to Life)
  • Bowie, R. 2001. Ethical Studies
  • Vardy, P and Grosch, P. 1999. The Puzzle of Ethics
  • Vary, P and Vardy, C. 2012. Ethics Matters
  • Thompson, M. 2010. Understand Ethics: Teach Yourself
  • RS Review