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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

A Level

A-Level Religious Studies at KHS will help deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Bible through an in-depth study of three key books, as well as develop an appreciation of how the Christian Church formed and developed in the years preceding Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. AS/A2 Level RS is designed to help you stretch your thinking, challenge your opinions and evaluate your own beliefs as well as those of others. The course consists of 2 modules, which are studied over the 2 years:

(1) New Testament Textual studies - A study of the Book of Acts, 1st Corinthians and Galatians and Ephesians.

You will undertake a detailed, thorough and in depth analysis of the texts of Acts, 1st Corinthians, Galatians and Ephesians. You will be expected to not only know the main content/themes of these four books, but also understand the cultural and contemporary relevance of them. You will discuss some key issues of theology such as: The Characteristics of the early Christian community in Acts; Mission in the church today; Religious conversions; the Faith v Works debate; the role of the Holy Spirit in the church today; the Gifts of the Spirit and their relevance today and much more.

(2) The Early Church – a study of the beginnings and growth of the Christian Church from the ascension of Jesus until the fourth century.

You will take a look at how that Early Christian Church grew and expanded across the Roman Empire after the ascension of Jesus into Heaven. You will see that despite much persecution from the Emperors of Rome, the Christian faith very quickly grew and spread across the Empire. You will look at some key figures and see how their influence helped to shape the future generations of the church. You will also discuss some key theological issues such as: Persecution in the church today; Religion and politics; Identifying false teachings in the Church; How the Bible was put together; The Trinity; How they early Christians worshipped and many more.

There is also an optional trip to Rome, which really helps to ‘bring the course to life’ - it certainly is a trip that you won’t forget in a hurry!


How is it assessed?


AS and A2 Level Religious studies is all examination based. Questions take the form of essays and students will be expected to write essay answers in response.


The information below details AS/A2 Religious Studies assessment:


AS 2 - An Introduction to the Acts of the Apostles

AS 4 - The Origins and Development of the Early Church


2 x 1 hour 20 mins papers

50% of A-Level


A2 2 - Themes in Selected Letters of St. Paul - 1st Corinthians, Galatians and Ephesians

A2 4 - Themes in the Early Church and the Church today


2 x 2 hour papers

50% of A-Level