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Religious Studies A-level 2017

Does God exist? If God exists, and is good, then why is there so much suffering in the world? Why should we believe in the concepts of miracles? Is religion just a fiction invented to bring comfort to people in difficult times? Is it ever morally right to go to war? Are abortions acceptable?

These are the kind of questions that you will study. We will examine some of the answers that the great philosophers have given to these questions over the centuries. You will broaden your horizons and develop your powers of reasoning. You will also learn to express your views clearly and logically both in speech and in writing.

You will develop knowledge and skills that will be highly appreciated both by universities and employers.

This course can be studied as part of the Communication Pathway.

What do I learn?
Your study will involve an overview of the main theories in different areas of philosophy.

Your study will include the following:
• unit 1: foundations; a study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God and selected problems in the philosophy of religion. Ethics; ethical concepts and dilemmas.
• unit 2: religious studies — investigations: the study of philosophy of religion: religious experience and the study of ethics: medical ethics; you study one topic.

At A2, you continue to study Philosophy of Religion and Ethics :
• unit 3: developments (comprises further study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God and selected problems in the philosophy of religion as well as further study of ethical concepts and problems ) and:
• unit 4: implications. In the implications paper, you are given a piece of text from an anthology and asked one question concerning the implications of this text for religion and human experience.

You will learn in groups and there will be ongoing timed assessments. Assessment is by exam and there is no formal coursework assessment on this course.
What do I gain?
You may have the opportunity of participating in an overseas trip to areas of philosophical interest. There are also visits to museums and conferences. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set, review and achieve your targets.

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education.

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.
What do I need?
Six GCSE grades A* to C including English Language. A minimum of a D grade at AS allows you to progress on to your second year of study.
What do I gain?
You could progress to higher level study such as a degree in any humanities or social sciences subject, or else seek employment in the social care or health professions, counselling, publishing, journalism, charities or non-governmental organisations, research, teaching or other public services.
What else do I need to know?
The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £12,950 per year. Scholarships of up to £6,250 are available, for more information on International entries contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.

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2SFASSA36R Full-time Kings Road, Reading

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Start Date :

Monday 10 September 2018

End Date :

Friday 28 June 2019
2 Years
   

Please note – Fees may be subject to change

 

case study

Chinese student Qi Wang (known as Emma) was living in Australia when she decided that a UK education would help her towards her future career. 
 
Having done her research, Emma realised that the UK education system was more rigorous academically and a better fit for her future ambition of studying maths or statistics at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying the Science A-levels Pathway (Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths) at Reading College, part of Activate Learning.  
 
Emma found out about Reading College through her agent. She was impressed by the list of universities that previous students had gone to, such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, combined with the lively atmosphere and the excellent transport links to London and Heathrow Airport.
 
Emma said: “My teachers are really knowledgeable and helpful, especially my tutor Anna. They are very organised, too. We do lots of mock exams, which is helpful. I ask a lot of extra questions after class and they are always very patient and help me.”
 
“The A-level managers and staff helped me to apply to the UCL summer schools and advised me about how best to write my statements – I got a place! The library staff are also really helpful. I like the quiet study room and spend quite a bit of time there when I am not in lessons.”
 
During her time at Reading College, Emma has also got involved with the Students’ Union and volunteered at open events. She said: “I had the opportunity to talk to lots of different people, which I enjoy. It helps me with my English, as well as learning more about British culture.” 
 
She also won several awards at the A-level Star Awards, including the Further Maths and Physics Awards. Her Physics tutor said: “Emma's thirst for knowledge, her self-motivation to improve and achieve her maximum potential and her work ethics are outstanding. Emma achieved a Silver Award on the AS Physics Olympiad Challenge. Just two marks off a Gold!” Emma also won an award for ‘biggest contribution to college life’.
 
Coming to live and study in England away from her parents has helped Emma become more independent, preparing her for life at university. She lives with a host family who are very friendly. She has learnt to do things like open a bank account and learnt about British culture and everyday life.
 
Emma said: “I would recommend Reading College. Living in an English environment and meeting English people every day is far better than being at a language school. If you want to come abroad to study, an Activate Learning college will give you more opportunities to improve your English.”
 
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