Course Overview Philosophy is the oldest of all academic subjects and every discipline has a philosophical aspect to it. Discursive argument, analyti…
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The study of religion is one of the oldest academic disciplines and the specification builds on this tradition by offering a systematic study of religious belief whilst relating this to current themes and issues. The subject gives you a stimulating mixture of Religion, Ethics and Philosophy.
Standard entry requirements to include grade 5 in GCSE English and grade 4 in Maths.
Students may consider direct entry into employment or further training.
Whilst many students continue on to study subjects including philosophy, religious studies, theology and sociology or psychology, others have gone on to study law or even medicine. This course provides a strong grounding for those wishing to pursue many other subject areas at degree level.
I came to The Henley College from Little Heath School in Reading. I chose to study Religious Studies as I believe it is more than just a subject, it gives us the basis upon which we can unite together amongst society and I am really passionate about it. Regardless, of one’s beliefs, atheist or theist, I believe religion in itself is a concept that should be given the respect it deserves.
I have really enjoyed moving out into a new and wider dimension of learning. At GCSE you are only given a broadly brushed image, which is very vague. At A Level you can start differentiating between different denominations such as Roman Catholic Christians, Russian Orthodox, Baptists, Lutherans, Anglicans, and Quakers (Protestant denominations) etc. You are given the opportunity to see that there are somethings that are common, but also some things that are different. You are able to break away from the vague statement that ‘Christians believe…’ with this.
I would like to pursue a career as a teacher in the future, teaching Religious Studies. I feel this career option will meet my needs of fulfilling this motive. Preferably, I am focusing on secondary education as I feel pupils of that age will already have an understanding of religion as a concept and I will be able to build on their foundations from there.