Fast Track A Level Religious Studies Entry Requirements
Although the Fast Track A Level Religious Studies programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.
All students must be 16 years of age or above.
Fast Track A Level Religious Studies Course Duration
Study Hours Required
Approximately 350 hours.
Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available.
Students are required to arrange and pay for their Fast Track A Level Religious Studies examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.
All examinations are held during the May / June exam period of every year.
Fast Track A Level Religious Studies Course Content
The whole ‘A’ level has FOUR (4) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into FOUR (4) Units of learning, these are:
Fast Track A Level Religious Studies Unit 1 – Philosophy of Religion
In this unit, we will, learn about the philosophy that underpins the belief systems of World religions, together with the counter religious ideas, which are not specific to any one religion, and also form in part the philosophy of non-religious beliefs and values; like: morals; ethics; justice; power and much more. Therefore, this whole unit is part of a much wider context, in which you will develop a critical analysis and understanding of the many questions that form religious belief and structure. This will include learning about the theological framework that forms the foundations of the religious faiths.
Fast Track A Level Religious Studies Unit 2 – Religion and Ethics
This unit now builds on the core framework of unit one. Having formed the structure of the Philosophy of religion, we now move to put the sometimes difficult areas of debate under analytical scrutiny, that scholars grapple with over millennia to the present time. Provide answers to: why do we use religion as a framework for our structures in society, our moral standing, legal statutes, mode of behaviour and many other micro aspects of the macro strategies that inform, support, rationalise, and perhaps even, police society.
Fast Track A Level Religious Studies Unit 3 – New Testament Studies
In this unit, we will, learn about Christology, Eschatology, Biblical Redactive Criticism, Interpretation and in doing so, take a critical approach to the New Testament; its origin and message; about the man Christ Jesus – His life, mission and why, the Christian faith became a religion. We will learn the concepts that underpins the belief systems of the Christian religion, together with the counter religious ideas that raised conflict with the established Jewish Faith, its: philosophy; legalistic rule; values; morals; ethics; justice; power and much more.
Fast Track A Level Religious Studies Unit 4 – Study of Religion
In Unit 4: Study of Religion, opportunity is given for students to choose two World Religions and apply the knowledge gained from units One and Two. The overview will provide a framework of six (6) of the major World. How world religions’ have evolved, and; developed, within their communities; the key religious ideas that have shaped their ongoing development. This will allow students to add to this knowledge with guided study and tutor support to produce a final project.
Although the course programme is ‘self contained’ the student may wish to obtain further materials in regards to learning. The following materials are in the main useful, but not essential to guide learning: –
The Key Source for the course is the Anthology prepared by Pearson Edexcel, which can be obtained at:
The Edexcel Course Anthology
The Holy Bible: (New International Version, Amplified Version or Revised Standard Version).
The Holy Koran.
Andrew Northedge – The Good Study Guide Open University
All of the above can also be obtained in an electronic format.
Awarding Body Syllabus
The course does not as standard have any ‘course work’ element and is therefore, has an end loaded final assessment by a FOUR (4) papers across the four syllabus units of learning, that amount to 2.5 hours in total examination time, which are divided into TWO (2) parts – A & B.
To ensure that the four assessment objectives are clearly placed and assessed prior to the final examination, the TMA’s are weighted in accordance with these AO statements below:
AO1: recall, select, organise, and deploy knowledge of the specification content (this Assessment Objective is often referred to as ‘Knowledge’)
AO2: describe, analyse and explain the relevance and application of a religion or religions (this Assessment Objective is often referred to as ‘Understanding’)
Our Fast Track A Level Religious Studies Studies programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.
A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.
UCAS Points Table
A* = 56
A = 48
B = 40
C = 32
D = 24
E = 16