Religious Studies

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Religious Studies

You will study various philosophical and ethical issues. These issues are studied from a diverse range of viewpoints, for example, from philosophers, sociologists, psychologists and scientists. You will critically assess these viewpointswith their strengths and weaknesses. The theories often question what others take for granted as obvious, without realising the holistic affects and links to other life issues. 

Examination Board OCR

Specification Number H573 A

Sixth Form > Our Pathways

Religious Studies

You will study various philosophical and ethical issues. These issues are studied from a diverse range of viewpoints, for example, from philosophers, sociologists, psychologists and scientists. You will critically assess these viewpointswith their strengths and weaknesses. The theories often question what others take for granted as obvious, without realising the holistic affects and links to other life issues. 

Examination Board OCR

Specification Number H573 A

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  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment Information
  • Progression Route
  • How do I prepare?

Course Overview

You will study various philosophical and ethical issues. These issues are studied from a diverse range of viewpoints, for example, from philosophers, sociologists, psychologists and scientists. You will critically assess these viewpoints with their strengths and weaknesses. The theories often question what others take for granted as obvious, without realising the holistic affects and links to other life issues. It is a step up from GCSE Religious Studies, studying topics in greater depth and with more discussion. However, you can study A level if you have not completed the GCSE course.

 
Unit 1: Philosophy
  • How do I know what is real?

  • How does my mind and body link?

  • Do I have a soul?

  • Does God exist?

  • Why is there evil?

  • Religious experience-tricks of the mind?

  • Am I really free?

  • Is it even possible to talk about religion?

 
Unit 2: Ethics
  • Ethical theories-should I just look after the majority?

  • Should I just do the loving thing?

  • Do I have a duty or purpose?

  • Euthanasia-do we have the right to do what we want with our own bodies?

  • Can an ethical business exist?

  • Are words such as good and bad meaningless?

  • Why should we feel any guilt?

  • Should sexual behaviour be private?

 
Unit 3: Study of a religion

Can humans ever be good?
Does heaven and hell exist?
Could I ever really know a God?
Was Jesus just a political liberator?
Is love enough?
Should I practise civil disobedience?
Will all good people be saved

Can a loving God send us to hell?  Why have we become secular?
Has religion undermined gender equality?
 Should religion change or be abandoned?
Feminism and capitalism-a lie nation or exploitation?

 
Course Leader of Religious Studies

Miss Inderjeet

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: 

A minimum of 5 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include a grade 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature. 

 
Special Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE Religious Studies 5+ (if studied)

 

Students must be prepared to work long hours outside lesson time to regularly review the topics covered.

Assessment Information

Assessment Topic Area Duration Value
Paper 1Philosophy2 hour written exam33.3%
Paper 2Ethics2 hour written exam33.3%
Paper 3Study of a Religion2 hour written exam33.3%

Assessment:
A two-hour examination on each unit. You pick three essay questions to answer from a choice of four in each exam.

There is no coursework.

Progression Route

This subject is widely accepted for a wide range of academic routes leading to careers in Social Services, Law, Teaching and Lecturing, Public Relations, Journalism and Counselling.

How do I prepare? 

Recommended Reads
Religion and Ethics for OCRDennis Brown & Mark Coffley
Philosophy of Religion for OCRDennis Brown & Ann Gregg
Oxford A Level Religious Studies for OCRLibby Ahluwalia & Robert Bowie
OCR Religious Studies A Level Year 1 & 2Micheal B Wilkon & Hugh N Campbell
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Course Leader of Religious Studies

Miss Inderjeet

sharing.inderjeet@woodgreenacademy.co.uk