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Religious Studies

Exam board: OCR

Why choose to study Religious Studies?

This course provides an opportunity for students to engage with a variety of topical questions around belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth.  Students will be able to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in light of what they have learnt. There will be a range of relevant and contemporary themes to study that will promote awareness of modern-world issues and engagement within the classroom.  Students of all abilities will be challenged and inspired, whilst developing valuable skills sought after by higher education and employers.

Course outline:

YEAR 1

Unit/Module

Description

Type of assessment

Weighting

PAPER 1

 

Philosophy of religion

Learners will study:

  • ancient philosophical influences
  • the nature of the soul, mind and body
  • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • the nature and impact of religious experience
  • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil

1 hour 15 minute exam

33% of AS

 

PAPER 2

 

Religion and Ethics

Learners will study:

  • normative ethical theories
  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance

1 hour 15 minute exam

33% of AS

 

PAPER 3

 

Development in Christian Thought

Learners will study:

  • religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition

 

1 hour 15 minute exam

33% of AS

Year 2

Unit/Module

Description

Type of assessment

Weighting

PAPER 1

 

Philosophy of religion

Learners will study:

  • ancient philosophical influences
  • the nature of the soul, mind and body
  • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • the nature and impact of religious experience
  • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • ideas about the nature of God
  • issues in religious language

2 hour exam

33% of A level

 

PAPER 2

 

Religion and Ethics

Learners will study:

  • normative ethical theories
  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • ethical language and thought
  • debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

2 hour exam

33% of A level

 

PAPER 3

 

Development in Christian Thought

Learners will study:

  • religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

 

2 hour exam

33% of A level

Essential student qualifications/abilities:

Essay writing skills, critical approach to philosophical, ethical and religious ideas and teachings

Desirable student qualifications/abilities:

An interest in contemporary themes and religious teachings

Higher education opportunities:

Students gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media.

Career opportunities:

As a religious studies graduate, you bring valuable skills to an employer. Good interpreters of information are in high demand, and in today's global society, a basic knowledge about other cultures and religious perspectives is indispensable. Collecting data, synthesizing it, and presenting it are vital skills in the study of religion and in most professions. Developing an understanding and tolerance of differing cultures and beliefs also translates well to the workforce especially in jobs that require relating and reaching out to others, building relationships, or incorporating many perspectives at once.

Essential Field Trips involving financial commitment:

n/a

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