Religious Studies

Minimum entry criteria    

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Religious Studies or 7 in English Language

May be accepted on the course: 6 in Religious Studies or 6 in English Language

Board

Edexcel

Outline of the Course

AS Level:

  • Paper 1:   Philosophy of Religion: Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering
  • Paper 2:   Religion and Ethics: Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance
  • Paper 3:  Study of Religion (Buddhism): Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity.

A Level:

  • Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion: Philosophical issues and questions; The nature and influence of religious experience; Problems of evil and suffering; Philosophical language; Works of scholars; Influences of developments in religious belief.
  • Paper 2:   Religion and Ethics: Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics; A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language; Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.
  • Paper 3:  Study of Religion (Buddhism): Religious beliefs, values and teachings; Sources of wisdom and authority; Practices that shape and express religious identity; Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.

Assessment

Paper

Type of assessment

Duration

Weighting

 

 

 

AS

A Level

Papers 1-3 at AS level

An externally-assessed written examination comprising two sections. Students answer all questions in Sections A and Section B.

Section A

Three short structured questions.

Section B

A two part essay question.

1 hour (per paper)

33.33% of the qualification

(per paper)

 

Papers 1-3 at A level

An externally-assessed written examination comprising three sections. Students answer all questions in Sections A, B and C.

Section A

Two short, structured questions.

Section B

Two extended-response questions based on an excerpt, sourced from the extracts list. Relevant excerpts will be printed in the examination paper.

Section C

An extended essay question.

2 hours (per paper)

 

33.33% of the qualification

(per paper)

 

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