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Second in Dept: Mrs J Caisley-Britton & Mrs C Mason (Goals Coordinator)

Teaching Staff: Mr J Kerr, Mr P Mulhearn, Mr J Arnold, Mr A Brooks, Mrs C Shand


A-Level – AQA Religious Studies

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

There are two assessed components. Students must take assessments in both Component 1 and Component 2 in the same exam series.

Subject content:

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

Section A: Philosophy of religion

• Arguments for the existence of God

• Evil and suffering

• Religious experience

• Religious language

• Miracles

• Self and life after death

Section B: Ethics and religion

• Ethical theories

• Issues of human life and death

• Issues of animal life and death

• Introduction to meta ethics

• Free will and moral responsibility

• Conscience

• Bentham and Kant

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

Section A: Study of Christianity

• Sources of wisdom and authority

• God/gods/ultimate reality

• Self, death and the afterlife

• Good conduct and key moral principles

• Expression of religious identity

• Religion, gender and sexuality

• Religion and science

• Religion and secularisation

• Religion and religious pluralism

Section B: Dialogues

• The dialogue between philosophy of religion

• The dialogue between ethical studies and religion

How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion and ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

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