Why study Religious Studies?
If you are interested in learning more about religious traditions and beliefs, philosophical or ethical approaches to religion, then this course will give you the opportunity to achieve this. By studying Religious Studies, you will be able to engage
with challenging questions concerning the meaning and purpose of life which will help you develop your own beliefs and values.
What do I need to be able to take this course?
You will enjoy this course if you have an interest in different cultures and beliefs and have an enquiring mind. You will be posed with questions which will give you the opportunity to debate and explore different viewpoints. As the course requires extended writing, we would recommend that you have good levels of literacy and written communication. It is also desirable to have a good grade (B or above) in GCSE Religious Studies.
What will I study?
You will study the key concepts within your two chosen areas of study, for example, religious beliefs, teachings, doctrines, principles, ideas and theories and how these are expressed in a range of texts, writings and/or practice. You will also consider the contribution of significant people, traditions or movements relating to the area studied. As part of the course you will become familiar with religious language and terminology, develop your knowledge and understanding of major issues and questions which arise from the chosen area of study, and the relationship between your area of study and other aspects of human experience.
What can I do with a qualification in Religious Studies?
Religious Studies can open up a wide range of opportunities for further and higher education and interesting and rewarding careers. Through studying Religious Studies, you will learn how to critically evaluate different topics and issues, developing your skills in considering evidence and arguing a case based on the evidence.
Students of Religious Studies can go on to have careers, for example in teaching, medicine, public service, advice work, counselling, journalism, ministry, social work, charity organisations, youth work and community work.
AS 6: An Introduction to Islam (This will be studied 5 periods per week with a 1 hour, 20 min exam at the end of Year 13)
Each paper is worth 50% of AS and 20% of A level
- The life of Muhammad
- The Qur’an
- The Five Pillars of Islam
- Worship and the Mosque in Islam
AS 7: Foundations of Ethics with Special Reference to Issues in Medical Ethics (This will be studied 5 periods per week with a 1 hour, 20 min exam at the end of Year 13)
- Deontological approaches to moral decision making
- Teleological approaches to moral decision making
- Life and Death Issues
- Developments in Bio Ethics
A2 6: Islam in a Contemporary Context (This will be studied 5 periods per week with a 2 hour exam at the end of Year 14)
Each paper is worth 50% of A2 and 30% of A level
- Articles of Faith
- Origins & beliefs of Sunni & Shi’a Islam
- Contemporary Issues
- Synoptic Assessment: Conflict, Freedom of Belief and Orthodoxy
A2 7: Global Ethics (This will be studied 5 periods per week with a 2 hour exam at the end of Year 14)
- Moral Theory
- Global Rights
- Global Issues
- Synoptic Assessment: Conscience, Freedom and Tolerance
Diocesan Faith Awards
Our Senior students are given the opportunity to become involved in projects which help them to put their faith into action. The Armagh Diocese has the Muiredach Cross Award for Year 11-12 students and the John Paul II Award for Year 13-14 students. This involves students gaining credit for active work in their school and parish such as liturgical reading, Eucharistic minister, cleaning the church, singing in church, charity work and social justice projects such as helping Trocaire and SVP.