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    Religious Studies

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    The Religious Studies Department delivers RS to KS5 pupils may opt for AQA RS at AS/A2. The department also contributes to study of religion within General Studies at AS/A2.

    Sixth Form

    Students follow the Eduqas A level Religious Studies. Y12 and Y13 pupils are taught separately as mixed ability groups and with six 50 minute lessons per week.

    The specification offers an academic approach to the study of religion and is accessible to students of any religious persuasion or none. It is designed to develop students interest in, and enthusiasm for a study of religion and its relation to the wider world. It also encourages students to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion whilst also reflecting on their own values, opinions and attitudes.

    The units are:

    Component 1: A Study of Religion (2 hour written examination - 33.3% of A level)

    Option B: Islam

    There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component.

    Component 2: Philosophy of Religion (2 hour written examination - 33.3% of A level)

    There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

    Component 3: Religion and Ethics (2 hour written examination - 33.3% of A level)

    There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism; free will. Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component.

    You could take this course with other advanced level courses as a general preparation for a higher education course or as a foundation for studying Theology or Religious Studies at Higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues such as a Social Worker, Priest, Counsellor or Teacher. Religious Studies is a good foundation for entering employment as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.

    Facilities

    The Faculty of SMC is housed on the ground floor of the main school building. Each classroom contains an interactive whiteboard. Three of the classrooms are dedicated ICT suites and in addition to that the Faculty has its own set of laptop computers.