Religious Studies

A Level Course

Why should I study Religious Studies at Moor Park?

The course includes components on Philosophy, Ethics and Religion. Philosophy is concerned with answering questions such as – how do you know that you are really reading this information now rather than reading it in a dream?

Many famous philosophers posed questions similar to this that we are still seeking answers to!

The story of Religion is an interesting and complex one. You will look at how religious ideas, beliefs and rituals develop; consider why religion generates so much conflict and controversy; look into questions such as whether religious experiences are something that can be investigated or proved.

Ethics is what happens when people ask questions such as – “how should I live and is there a ‘right’ way to behave in different circumstances?”  This part of the course studies current ethical debates such as those surrounding war, euthanasia and capital punishment.

What will the course involve?

There will be lots of discussion, reading, thinking and practice. Writing essays and analysing texts are key components of the course.

How will I be assessed?

For the A level, there will be three separate examinations at the end of your second year of study. Each paper will focus on a different component. Each exam is designed to assess your investigation of, and response to, the many issues explored in the course.

Where does this course lead?

A Level Religious Studies is a highly respected subject, loved by HE Admissions Teachers and employers alike. It will prepare you for a variety of careers and is suitable to be studied with most other A Levels.

As the Vice President of J.P Morgan on Wall Street recalls, “I was told I was chosen out of hundreds of applicants for my job because I have studied Philosophy. I now realise the correct answer to the question, Philosophy? What are you going to do with that? is absolutely anything I want.”

What are the entry requirements for this course?

You will need at least a grade C in English at GCSE.

Exam Board: Edexcel