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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Mr A Abbotts BA (Hons), PGCE

A Level Course Outline

This course seeks to develop knowledge and understanding of philosophy, religions and ethics alongside the skills of enquiry, reflection and critical analysis. It is excellent preparation for most subjects at university. Students will enjoy the opportunity to develop their own opinions and ideas during the course.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

A qualification in Religious Studies is valued by both universities and employers and opens the door to a wide-range of courses and careers.

Course Content

Students take only ONE pathway:

Examination Board

WJEC (Eduqas)

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the  WJEC (Eduqas) website

A Level Specification (A 1120)

AS Specification (AS 2120)

There is no coursework component in this course. There is one examination for each component

AS Level

A Level

Unit 1

Unit 1

An Introduction to the Study of Religion (Buddhism) 33.3%

A Study of Religion (Buddhism) 33.3%

AS Level

A Level

Unit 2

Unit 2

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion 33.3%

Philosophy of Religion 33.3%

AS Level

A Level

Unit 3

Unit 3

An Introduction to Religion and Ethics 33.3%

Religion and Ethics 33.3%

Assessment in AS is by one examination of 90 minutes in each of the three units. Each examination carries 100 marks.

Assessment in A Level is by one examination of two hours in each of the three units. Each examination carries 100 marks

 Extra-curricular activities

  • In Year 12, the Religious Studies department offers an enrichment programme in Anthropology.
  • In Year 12, we offer two students who take both Religious Studies and History the chance to participate in the Holocaust Education Trust ‘Learning From Auschwitz’ project. This involves a visit to Auschwitz, as well as a series of seminars and the opportunity to earn UCAS points through a personal presentation.
  • The school’s Amnesty International group is open to all students, but has traditionally been well attended by students of Religious Studies. There is an opportunity for students to apply to join the national Youth Amnesty Group.