Religious Studies A Level OCR New Specification

Length of course: 5 full-day sessions
Boards: OCR H573 only

This course is board-specific for the NEW OCR specification (H573).

This course is for A level students only.

This course is not suitable for AS level students studying Religious Studies AS OCR New Specification (H172).

This course is not suitable for students re-sitting units from the outgoing Religious Studies A2 OCR (H572) specification.

Please note that the Developments in religious thought topic will be covered in relation to
Christianity only.

Philosophy of religion

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The nature and attributes of God
  • Religious language: Negative, Analogical or Symbolic
  • Twentieth century perspectives and philosophical comparisons

Religion and ethics

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • Meta-ethical theories
  • Conscience
  • Sexual ethics

Developments in religious thought

  • Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • Section 1: Beliefs, teachings and ideas about human life, the world and ultimate reality
    (Augustine on human nature and Christian views on death and the afterlife)
  • Section 2: Knowledge of God (Knowledge of God’s existence and the person of Jesus Christ)
  • Section 3: Christian Moral Principles (The Bible, Church and reason as sources of wisdom and authority) & Christian Moral action (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • Section 4: Developments in Christian Thought (Religious pluralism and theology, Religious pluralism and society)
  • Section 5: The relationship between religion and society (Gender and society, Gender and theology
  • Section 6: Challenges facing religious thought (Secularism, Liberation theology and Marx)