Religious Studies

religious studies

(OCR Level 3 Advanced GCE in Religious Studies)

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

This course provides you with an opportunity to explore and discuss the wonders of philosophical and ethical thought and religious ideas old and new. There are three exam papers which are all sat at the end of year 13.

Philosophy of Religion

In this module you will consider the cosmological argument and religious experience as evidence
of God’s existence. You will also study atheism and post modernism to consider the relevance of
Religion in today’s society.

Religion and ethics

In this module you will explore how different ethical theories have developed and how they have
impacted the way we view the world and make decisions.

World Religions: Christianity

In this module you will explore religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and
how they vary historically and in the contemporary world. You will be asked to explore and
evaluate the important role Christianity has and continues to play.

What qualifications do I need?

Previous study of Religious Education is not essential but some awareness of different cultures
and beliefs would be desirable.

ASSESSMENT

A Level candidates answer two structured essay questions in three separate exams of 2 hours
each. There is one exam for each of the three topics covered with each exam worth one third of
the final A Level grade.

GENERAL COMMENTS

The course is both challenging and rewarding and guides you into questioning the ideas and
models of religious thought, past and present. You may even discover a new and more
philosophical outlook on life!
Reading newspapers and watching related television programmes will help candidates develop
awareness of different cultures and how current world events affect a person’s beliefs.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

A Level Religious Studies is a well regarded course that is a useful qualification for entry to many
courses in higher education. In particular, it is relevant for those students considering a career in
any of the ‘caring’ professions, e.g. social work, police, education.

It would be an invaluable background for anyone wishing to study Theology, Philosophy, History
of Art, English, History or Religion at degree level.

“Every advance in knowledge brings us face-to-face
with the mystery of our own being.”