Religion plays a key role in today’s contemporary society. This course is for you if you are fascinated by world religions, curious about religious belief and practice, and want a deeper understanding of the reasons behind why people follow religious practices and hold religious beliefs. You will also explore the links between religion, education and other aspects of today’s culture and society.
As well as focusing on religion and culture, this course will also help you develop a set of transferable skills, including giving you the chance to take part in debates and challenge your critical thinking.
You will look in depth and explore whether there is order or purpose in the universe, why people suffer and why some people claim to be ‘religious’. You will examine the dilemmas of cloning and euthanasia, why some people think executions are just, and whether the welfare of animals is a moral issue. You will also question how and why Christianity came to be the dominant faith in the world, and what, if anything, is unique about it.
Further study of this course involves looking at whether anything can be considered miraculous, whether we really are ‘free’, how gender and sexuality have changed the nature of moral debates and whether science and religion can be reconciled.
Many of our students go on to university to study degrees in Theology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Ethics, Law, Sociology, Psychology, History & Politics, Health and Social Care, Economics and Business Studies. Other students have also gained employment in social work, teaching, journalism, research, foreign relations, race relations, human resources, local & national government and the
National Health Service.
At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Religious Studies (if studied).
Psychology, Health & Social Care, Sociology, History, English Literature, Modern Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Law, Economics & Business Studies.