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Key Stage 5

RE in the Sixth Form

Key Stage 5 Overview

For students wishing to pursue a career in fields such as Law, Journalism and Medicine, studying an AS/A2 in Religious Studies is extremely useful as the topic allows you to empathise with others and to value their opinions.

Within the RE department at Altrincham College, we encourage and engage students to reach their full potential by fostering an open environment in which personal opinions and ethics are discussed in a non-confrontational manner.

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Want to further develop their interest in issues related to philosophy, ethics and religion.
  • Have a desire to study a course which requires them to ‘think outside the box’ and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in light of their learning.
  • Want to develop transferable skills which will impact upon their academic development in other A-Level subjects, during higher education and also in their future careers.

Entry Requirements

Five or more A*‐ C (9-4 under the new grading system) grades at GCSE including English Language and Maths.

Grade B (5/6) or above in the RE Full Course GCSE.

Course Content

This qualification builds upon the skills developed during short or full course Religious Education at GSCE. An interest in religious, ethical and philosophical issues is essential.

  • Philosophy of Religion
    • Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion;
    • Judaeo‐Christian influences on philosophy of religion;
    • Traditional arguments for the existence of God;
    • Challenges to religious belief.
  • Hinduism
    • Origins of Hinduism;
    • Core concepts;
    • Key teachings, attitudes and practices.

Learning Methods and Assessment

All assessment is by written examinations in January and June at both AS and A2 level. This helps develop the essay writing skills necessary for entry to higher education.

There will be appropriate educational visits and guest speakers to enhance the learning of students throughout the course.

Complementary subjects

This subject is greatly complemented by several subjects including other humanities such as History and also English courses. It is also related to Psychology (linked to the human mind) and Biology (linked to ethics).