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Religious Studies

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Religious Studies is an exciting subject highly regarded by top universities for its academic rigour and transferable skills. The OCR course is followed.

It promotes deep discussion of some of the fundamental questions we have about our existence and morality, and develops the enquiring minds of those who opt to study it. Students do not need to have studied the subject at GCSE level to commit to the subject at A Level. However, they must enjoy writing essays, so a good GCSE grade in English Literature or English Language would certainly be beneficial.

As mentioned above, the subject promotes skills transferable to the study of a wide range of subjects at university. In addition, an A Level in Religious Studies is useful for careers in Medicine, Law, Politics, Education, Journalism, Social Work and Counselling, to name just a few.

Students will study the two year OCR syllabus (H573)

The course is broken down as follows:

Philosophy of Religion (2 hour written paper worth 33.3% of the A Level)

Ancient philosophical influences
The nature of the soul, mind and body
Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
The nature and impact of religious experience
The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
Ideas about the nature of God
Issues in religious language

Religion and Ethics (2 hour written paper worth 33.3% of the A Level)

Normative ethical theories
The application of ethical theory to euthanasia and business
Ethical language and thought
Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Developments in Religious Thought: Christianity (2 hour written paper worth 33.3% of the A Level)

Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
Sources of religious wisdom and authority
Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.

Additional information about this course may be found at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-religious-studies-h173-h573-from-2016/

Miss Angela Douglas

Head of Religious Studies

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