A-Level Religious Studies

What can I do with Religious Studies?

A good grade at A-Level Religious Studies demonstrates that you have the necessary analytical skills to follow a range of degree courses. The course is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging. Religious Studies is particularly relevant if you plan to work in an environment where you need to be literate, logical, analytical and where you need to understand other people’s point of view. At least Grade 7 in GCSE English (either English Language or Literature accepted) is required by students wishing to study A-Level Religious Studies.

What will I learn on this course?

A-Level Religious Studies offers the chance to grapple with the thoughts of some of the most influential thinkers in human history.  The works of Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Wittgenstein et al continue to challenge and provoke to this day.  Their quest to understand what it means to be human and to live well continues to speak to the heart of the human experience.  Likewise the Bible, as well as being a book of faith that is familiar to many, offers a depth of theology to surprise and satisfy even the most dedicated scholar.

Students will follow the new course offered by the OCR exam board.  The course has three core components, whose content is as follows:

1) Philosophy of Religion 2) Religious Ethics 3) Developments in Christian Thought
  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Soul, mind and body
  • Life after death
  • Religious experience
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • The problem of evil
  • The nature of God
  • Religious language
  • Twentieth century developments
  • Natural Law
  • Situation Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Religious Ethics
  • Meta-ethics
  • Euthanasia
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Conscience
  • Human nature
  • The self and immortality
  • Knowledge and revelation of God
  • The Bible
  • Jesus
  • Secularism
  • Pluralism
  • Gender












How will I be examined?

Students will confirm whether they will be sitting AS Level or continuing to A-Level in the first half of Year 12.

Examination is by written exam only.  There is no coursework.

AS Level
Philosophy of Religion
Examination 1 hr – Two essays
Religious Ethics
Examination 1 hr  – Two essays
Developments in Christian Thought
Examination 1 hr  – Two essays
Philosophy of Religion
Examination 2 hrs – Three essays
Religious Ethics
Examination 2 hrs – Three essays
Developments in Christian Thought
Examination 2 hrs - Three essays









There is an emphasis on developing analytical skills alongside the acquisition of subject knowledge.

A typical AS Level examination essay might be:
Assess the effectiveness of Aristotle’s four causes in explaining the world.

A typical A-Level examination essay might be:
Evaluate the view that the thinking mind is separate from the body.

Please refer to www.ocr.org.uk for additional information.

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