Course: AS and A2 Religious Studies


Exam board: OCR


Entry Requirements: A*-C at Religious Studies GCSE, A*-C at English Language GCSE


Course description:


AS: Philosophy of Religion paper. Why are Plato and Aristotle important to modern philosophers? Where did our ideas about God come from? Does God exist? If God exists, why does he let bad things happen to good people?

Religious Ethics Paper. Is there a universal moral law? Does everyone have a sense of duty? Is a baby a gift or a right? When is a life no longer a life? Is peace always right?

The A2 course follows the same structure. There is one Philosophy of Religion worth 50% of the marks and one Religious Ethics paper worth 50% of the marks. There is no coursework for this A-Level.


Why you should consider this course:

Is this the real world? Why does the universe exist? Is war ever justified?
If you are interested in the questions above the Philosophy and Ethics might be for you. It is an opportunity to explore questions that delve into the deepest aspects of what it means to be human. You will have the opportunity to share ideas with your peers and develop your own opinions. There many branches of Philosophy, the branches that we study for A Level are Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics.

Philosophy literally translated means love of wisdom. Philosophy encourages you to question, explore ideas and to think for yourself. An important aspect of the course is learning to think critically and express your ideas effectively.

Ethics is a branch of Philosophy which is concerned with how we know what is right and wrong. Just like studying Philosophy of Religion, studying Ethics will help you develop your reasoning skills. It will also broaden your awareness of the complexity of moral issues.


Subject suitability for degree course or future career:

Studying Philosophy and Ethics will help you develop the tools you need to think critically and reason effectively. It will teach you how to recognise strengths and flaws in arguments that are presented to you. It encourages you to think deeply, ask questions and to be curious about life. The skills you learn will be useful in any subject that you study at University and in daily life.

The A-Level can be good preparation for a wide variety of University courses such as Broadcasting, Humanities subjects, Journalism, Law, Police work, Social Work and Teaching. It can also be useful for students studying for a profession where they will have to make decisions with ethical implications such as Medicine.

Contact name: Ms M Mirams