Religious Studies

Course Overview

Religious Studies challenges people to think deeply about some of the most profound questions in life. It is an academic and demanding course, in which discussion plays an essential role. The course promotes independent critical thought and the ability to construct arguments. It encourages students to develop an awareness of different ways of understanding the world as well as a deeper understanding of their own views and opinions. Religious Studies appeals to individuals who are inquisitive and willing to challenge their own attitudes and beliefs, as well as those of others.
 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4.) 
GCSE English Language at grade 5
Desired G-Score of 5.0

Employability

Students can follow a variety of paths including degrees courses, employment or an apprenticeship. A qualification in Religious Studies can lead to a wide range of careers including working in the media, law, medicine, journalism, social work and teaching.
 

Qualification
Course Outline

Components of Course
The Philosophy of Religion unit studies some of the classic arguments which attempt to prove the existence of God together with the philosophical challenges to these arguments. We will also consider the challenges to religious belief posed by psychology and science.
The Christianity unit looks at how the religion began and its key beliefs such as the Trinity and life after death. It looks at new aspects of Christianity such as Feminist theology, Liberation theology and the Charismatic Movement. It also considers the material in the Bible and asks where it came from and what status it has.
The Ethics unit asks questions about what makes a right thing right and a wrong thing wrong. It asks whether there are absolute rules which we should always follow, or should we be more concerned about the consequences of our actions? We also get to grips with some of the most pertinent ethical issues raised by abortion and euthanasia.

Assessment
Examination 100%
Coursework 0%
The course is 100% exam based, therefore there is no coursework/assignments involved when studying the course.

Examination 100%
First exam paper on: Philosophy
Second exam paper on: Ethics 
Third exam paper on: Religious Thought (Christianity)  
 

Exam Board
OCR.

Niyaz Ahmed

“Whilst studying Religious Studies at Cadbury College I have developed a much clearer understanding and awareness of the worlds most popular religions.  Religious Studies appeals to individuals who are inquisitive and willing to challenge their own attitudes and beliefs, as well as those of others”

Niyaz Ahmed

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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