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Religious Studies

This A Level has a broad focus. Whatever experiences a student has of Religious Studies they will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding on this course. The systematic study of religion includes the study of religious beliefs, values and teachings in their interconnections. This will be explored in terms of a historical context as well as in the contemporary world. Religious ethics includes the exploration of ethical theories and the application of ethical theory to personal, societal or global issues of importance, including religious ethical perspectives. Philosophy of religion includes the exploration of questions about the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering. Philosophical theories will be studied such as those of Plato and Aristotle. There will be exploration of questions surrounding life, death and the soul as well as religious and scientific understandings of creation.
This is a course for those who enjoy discussion work and are willing to share ideas. Many areas of study are both sensitive and challenging, which means that students must be prepared to explore their views and the reasons they hold them.

The course is structured into three sections:
Module 1:  The philosophy of religion
Module 2:  Religion and ethics
Module 3:  Developments in religious thought

Exam board: OCR

Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements.

Preferred Entry Requirements: Grade 5 or above in GCSE RE (either full or short course).


Paper 1: Philosophy of religion – 33.3% of the qualification
Paper 2: Religious ethics – 33.3% of the qualification
Paper 3: Developments in religious thought – 33.3% of the qualification

Extra-Curricular opportunities

Conferences at leading universities.

Additional costs

We provide:  In class access to:-

A Level Religious Studies: Year 1: Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics ISBN 978-0198392859

A Level Religious Studies: Year 2: Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics ISBN 978-0198375333

OCR Religious Studies A Level Year 1 (Wilkinson) ISBN 978-1471866692

OCR Religious Studies A Level Year 2 (Wilkinson) ISBN 978-1471866746

Other costs:  To be met by students

A-Level OCR RS Revision Guide (Ahluwalia all units)  £19.99 (optional but highly recommended)


A-Level OCR RS My Revision notes x3   £8.99 each (optional but highly recommended)

Textbooks are available for use in school, but students will need to purchase their own for home use.