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Level 3: A level


Entry Requirement

GCSE RMS - Level 5

In Year 12:

Unit 1:  Buddhism: This unit will focus on an introduction to the religion of Buddhism. It will cover the key beliefs and practices. It explores the diversity within the religion by looking at the different schools and their varied approaches towards their ultimate goal of enlightenment. Some examples of this are meditation, chanting and mandalas.

Unit 2:  Philosophy: This unit is designed to challenge the most fundamental aspects of religion and faith. Does God exist, and can we prove this? We look at a range of philosophers from the ancient Greeks such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, to modern scholars such as Richard Swinburne and Richard Dawkins.

Unit 3: Ethics: This is a look into how people make moral decisions. We look at modern theories of Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics and older more traditional ideas such as Natural Law. Through rigorous debate, we attempt to apply these theories to modern ethical dilemmas such as euthanasia, stem cell research and adultery.

In Year 13:

Unit 1:  Buddhism:  At this level the unit examines the depths of what it means to be Buddhist. There is an extension of the beliefs and an assessment of how these concepts aid a Buddhist in their lives. The unit covers the history of Buddhism from the Buddha himself, right up to how it has spread into modern day British society. We visit the Buddhist centre in Slough and immerse ourselves in the culture, teachings and practices.


Unit 2:  Philosophy: At this level the philosophy unit once again goes deeper into the ideas of the metaphysical. We assess the validity of religious belief including religious experiences and mysticism. We debate theories of philosophers such as William James and Immanuel Kant to attempt to once and for all answer the question; is it reasonable to believe in the existence of God?


Unit 3: Ethics: At this level we assess the nature of ethical decision making and attempt to discover if we are at all free to make decisions for ourselves. We will evaluate if the language we must explain morality is useful and if we should listen to our own conscience or submit to the morals of a divine creator (God).

Assessment at A Level

Units 1-3: 3 Examined Essay Papers combining AS and A2 knowledge, understanding and evaluation. (2 hours each)

The Future

The study of Religious Studies is useful for any field requiring written or verbal communication skills. It is also great for building up logical thinking patterns and problem solving. It is particularly useful for careers in law, civil service, journalism, personnel management, public relations, social work, police force, media and many more.

Further information
Mr R Barber, RMS Curriculum Leader