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A level Religious Studies OCR

A level Religious Studies OCR

Easter Revision Course Dates 2024

  • Week 1: Monday 25 March – Friday 29 March
  • Week 2: Monday 1 April – Friday 5 April
  • Week 3: Monday 8 April – Friday 12 April

(Good Friday is 29 March; Easter Monday is 1 April 2024)


OCR H573

Length of Course

5 full-day sessions

This course is board-specific for the OCR specification (H573) and is for A Level Year 13 students only.

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

The following topics will be covered:

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)

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