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AQA A Level in Religious Studies


Brief Summary of the Course

Candidates should be encouraged to:

  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion and relate it to the wider world;
  • treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion;
  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion; and
  • reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

What will you be studying?

 Acquire knowledge and understanding of:

  • The key concepts within the chosen area(s) of study, (e.g. religious beliefs, teachings, doctrines, principles, ideas and theories) and how these are expressed in texts, writings and/or practices;
  • The contribution of significant people, traditions or movements to the area(s) studied;
  • Religious language and terminology;
  • Major issues and questions arising from the chosen area(s) of study; and
  • The relationship between the chosen area(s) of study and other human experience;

The student is expected to develop the following skills:

·        reflect on, select and deploy specified knowledge;

  • identify, investigate and analyse questions and issues arising from the course of study;
  • Use appropriate language and terminology in context;
  • Interpret and evaluate religious concepts, issues, ideas, and the relevance of arguments and the views of scholars;
  • Communicate, using reasoned arguments substantiated by evidence; and
  • Make connections between the area(s) of study chosen and other aspects of Human Experience

Human Experience

Candidates will be required to reflect on the relationship between their units of study and other aspects of human experience.These other aspects of human experience fall into two categories:

  • Alternative religious, spiritual and moral teachings, values, beliefs and practices -either historical or contemporary;
  • Cultural, social, political, environmental, business, scientific and artistic issues, representing practices and viewpoints - either historical or contemporary.

Candidates will have an opportunity to consider how Religious Studies may:

  • Shed light upon the viewpoint and practices of others;
  • Challenge and be challenged by differing and competing claims; and
  • Have something to say about global changes and developments in the light of religious teachings