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RELIGIOUS STUDIES

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?’ 


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.