Please note, Sanskrit A Level was discontinued in 2019. We now teach Cambridge AS and A Level Hinduism instead. These examinations require essay writing in English, meaning that the course is open to all in Year 11, provided that they have achieved at least a grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Grade 6 corresponds to a high B.
The syllabus enables pupils to gain a deep insight into the philosophical thought that has developed in India and the East. It includes study of the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Sanskrit epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, as well as the teachings of more modern exponents of Eastern philosophy, from Shankara to the present day. The syllabus also covers Buddhism and Jainism and the six systems of Vedic philosophy traditionally propounded in Sanskrit literature.
AS and A Level Hinduism, like all other arts based qualifications, prepare students for a large range of arts degrees, complement and contrast well with science A Levels, and also prepare candidates for a degree in Sanskrit at either Oxford or London universities.