A Level Religious Studies
What is it about at sixth-form level?
Is there a God? How should we live? This course approaches these fundamental questions in a distinctively philosophical way. You explore different arguments for God’s existence based on observation and reason, and a variety of responses to these arguments. You compare different theories of ethics from across the ages, looking at what they have to say about some very modern ethical problems. The importance of religious belief is being questioned today like never before and you will develop the skills to look at these issues in a sophisticated and critical way.
Both Philosophy of Religion and Ethics have been influenced by Ancient Greek philosophers; these form a starting point for our studies. We examine Judaeo-Christian thought and the problems for religion in the 21st century. The course aims to encourage an enquiring, critical and empathetic consideration of some of the questions people ask about life, God and the universe. Wherever you stand, there is much to be learned and admired from the complexity and subtlety with which theists, agnostics and atheists have addressed the sorts of questions that fascinate everyone.
Why study it and what skills does it develop?
Religious Studies is a much-respected subject. It introduces perennially fascinating theological and philosophical problems that engage you and develop your critical and analytical skills. You learn to think in abstract ways and to challenge your own beliefs. You develop the ability to read and understand complex ideas and the ability to articulate them clearly in essays. All of these are valuable skills across a wide range of disciplines, making it a subject universities look favourably on.
What prior knowledge and skills are required?
You do not need Religious Studies GCSE or indeed any other particular qualifications to study the subject at A level. You should be aware that the course requires a good deal of reading and writing and a capacity for logical thought.
How is the course assessed?
All three A level papers are assessed by 2 hour written exams, each worth a third of the overall qualification. Each paper will contain four essay questions of which you choose three essays to answer. Each essay will be worth 40 marks.
To be confirmed at the start of the course
OCR Religious Studies A level Year 1
By Campbell, Wilkinson & Wilcockson
Published by Hodder Education, ISBN ISBN 978 147186 6692
OCR Religious Studies A level Year 2
By Campbell, Wilkinson & Wilcockson
Published by Hodder Education, ISBN ISBN 9978147 186 6746
Exam Board and Specification Codes
A level: OCR H573
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