Ever since humankind started to think, religion has been a fundamental part of our development. As people look into the vastness of space or witness the miracle of birth, they contemplate the meaning of life and their own mortality. It has always been this way. In the 21st Century, religion still addresses the same eternal human questions about life and death, values and relationships, right and wrong.
Religious studies is an inclusive subject designed for people of any faith and people who have no faith. It isn’t necessary to have taken Religious Studies at GCSE, although students who have will find that the A2 course of study builds on their knowledge, understanding and skills. All that is required is a desire to find out more about religion and its role in society.
In the first year of the WJEC course, two topics are studied embracing such exciting and diverse areas such as ethics, philosophy religion and art, religion and contemporary society and aspects of the world’s religions. In the second year, students study one religion in greater depth, including textual, theological, ethical, phenomenological and philosophical perspectives.
During this time, students develop the skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, communication and debate. These skills will stand students in good stead for a number of careers, such as teaching, youth work, journalism, civil service or government, law or medicine.