Do you recommend studying RS at A-level?
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I would recommend studying RS at A-Level because, personally, I have loved it.
It has been hard (just like any A-Level) and I won't claim to be getting A's (far from it) but studying it at A-Level has really developed me as a person, I believe.
It's a subject which has opened my eyes to many different ways of thinking, and made me think long and hard about what it is I really think about particular topics.
The hardest thing for me, personally, was learning to write in the exam. My exam (I do OCR Religious Studies) is an essay exam, so you have a choice of four titles and you must write an essay on it. I struggled to figure out how exactly to get started, how to write, and to know enough for the exam. But that can simply be overcome with lots of work and practice, just like in any subject.
If you have an interest in the world and how things work, and maybe want to discover what you as an individual think about the world, I'd recommend this. The second year of studying it, for me, is the most satisfying. We do what are, in my opinion, much more interesting topics and because our class is a lot smaller, it means we can get involved in great discussions which really help to stimulate your mind.
What I might recommend is to see if you can get a hold of some of the text books at your sixth form/college in the subject and have a look at some of the topics that you'll be studying. That way you can get a bit of a feel for what you'll be learning and if you'll be interested in it!
Hope this helps. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. :)
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Thank you sooo much... that was very very useful....
what religion do you study? or is it all of them?
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At my school our main religion that we study is Christianity, however I know that each school is different and some focus on Judaism or Islam, for example, so I'd look and see what your school has chosen for their main focus :)
However, I find, personally, that there isn't a huge focus on Christianity, well, at least not like at GCSE! Though we still consider Christian views and there is a topic on the Judeo-Christian concept of God, in Ethics especially it doesn't feel like it's solely about Christianity.
Hope this helps :)
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Ask the teachers at your school what modules they are doing. I didn't and made the mistake of taking RS thinking it would be like GCSE when it turns out my school does Philosophy and Ethics modules which are definitely NOT alike! After checking with them, make sure it's what you want to learn, do a little research online because knowing what I do now back then, I probably would have very different option choices :)
I'm not saying not take it, I love it, but it's definitely not what I was expecting!