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Exam Board: OCR


Religious Studies explores religion and its relation to the wider world, developing critical and reflective thinking as well as your skills of enquiry. Within the course you will be given the opportunity to develop, express and reflect upon your own personal values, opinions and beliefs as well as exploring those of others. Thorough research, insight and practical application you will gain the skills of analysis, reasoning and critical evaluation.

The course is broken down into two separate areas of study:

  • Philosophy of Religion uses logical thinking to shine some light on questions surrounding the nature and existence of God. This topic investigates various arguments and ideas about religion, the existence of god and creation. It covers topics such as religious experience, psychology of religion, the existence of evil and suffering and the existence of God.
  • Religious ethics explores the influence that religion has over people and the choices they make within their life. It covers topics such as euthanasia, abortion and genetic engineering.

Course requirement: You do NOT need to have studied GCSE RE to take A-Level RE. But you will need to have gained at least a grade C GCSE in English to enrole on the course.


Assessment within this subject is by means of two written exams for AS and a further two written exams for A2. The first of the examinations in both years will be done in the January session. In AS units, exams will consist of two-part structured questions which relate directly to single areas from within the module. In A2 units, exams will consist of essay-style questions within which you will be expected to use material from more than one area within the unit.

There is no coursework.

AS Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting

AS Unit and Content Assessment Method Weighting
Philosophy of Religion
Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of ethics
Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion
Traditional arguments for the existence of God
Challenges to religious belief
1.5 hour written exam AS-50%
Religious Ethics
Ethical theories
Applied ethics topics
1.5 hour written exam AS-50%

Complementary Subjects to study at AS

Philosophy makes a great combination with other essay based subjects such as Law, History, Government & Politics, Critical Thinking, Sociology or Psychology and will add extra insight to your understanding of these subjects; it will add logic to your arguments and enhance your ability to critically evaluate.

Career Pathways

By studying Religious Studies you are opening a diverse range of career opportunities these include:

  • Education
  • Youth Work
  • Journalism
  • Civil Service or Government

Religious Studies encourages the development of a range of skills such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and the ability to produce extended evaluative pieces of writing. These are skills that will prepare you well for a range of courses in higher education such as Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Law, Social Sciences and History.

Further Information

For more information please visit Mrs Simpson in Room 315 Alternatively you can view the course specification here

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