About this course
The Religious Studies AS programme is a one-year course of study and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
All topics on this programme are studied from a reflective and philosophical perspective, and students must be prepared to explore, debate and discuss a range of beliefs and issues.
Aims of the course:
No prior knowledge of the subject is required, with aims being to:
- Develop an interest and enthusiasm for the study of religion and its impact upon society
- Treat the subject as an academic discipline
- Encourage enquiry into the nature of religion through debate, discussion and extensive reading
What you will study
During the course the following areas will be covered:
Unit 1: An Introduction to the Study of Christianity
Students will explore the:
- Birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ
- Bible as a source of wisdom and authority.
- Nature of God and the Trinity
- Theories of atonement
- Roles of faith and works
- Believers and the church
- Key moral principles.
- Identity through baptism
- Eucharist, Christmas and Easter
Unit 2: Introduction to the Ethics and Philosophy of Religion
Exploring the Philosophy of Religion
- The cosmological, teleological and inductive arguments concerning the (non-) existence of God
- The origins, developments and challenges to the ontological argument for God
- The problem of evil and religious responses to it
- Religious experiences; mystical; challenging religious experiences
Exploring the Ethics of Religion
- Ethical Thought through the Divine Command Theory, Virtue Theory and Ethical Egoism
- Aquinas’ Natural Law and its application to Abortion and Euthanasia
- Situation Ethics and its application to homosexual and polyamorous relationships
- Utilitarianism and its application to animal experimentation and nuclear weapons
A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A* - C including English Language and Maths. Individual subjects may require higher grades.
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams
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- Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
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I came to the College as I wanted to travel and become more independent – it’s so modern and looks amazing. When I saw the library I was sold. Honestly the library was my main pull, there are so many books I loved it.
Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Classical Civilisation
- Religious Studies
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