Accessibility links

Religious Studies (Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics) AS/A2 (See Option Blocks on our website) at Notre Dame High School

Course description

The new A Level course specifications for Religious Studies have now been approved and in liaison with the Diocese and the school the department has adopted the Eduqas Examination Board Specification for Religious Studies at A Level. This is a 2 year linear course available for examination for the first time in summer 2018.

Themes Religious figures and sacred texts

Religious concepts and religious life

Significant social and historical developments in religious thought

Religious practices and religious identity

Arguments for the existence of God

Challenges to religious belief

Religious experience

Religious language

Ethical thought

Deontological ethics

Teleological ethics

Determinism and free will

Strands

Religious, philosophical and/or ethical thought and teaching

Influence of beliefs, teachings and practices on individuals, communities and societies

Cause and significance of similarities and differences in belief, teaching and practice

Approaches to the study of religion and belief

Analyse – deconstructing information and/or issues to find connections between them and to provide logical chains of reasoning

Evaluate – appraising and/or making judgements with respect to information and/or issues

The focus is on the learner constructing coherent and reasoned responses, supported by evidence.

Course content

The new A Level course specifications for Religious Studies have now been approved and in liaison with the Diocese and the school the department has adopted the Eduqas Examination Board Specification for Religious Studies at A Level. This is a 2 year linear course available for examination for the first time in summer 2018.

Themes Religious figures and sacred texts

Religious concepts and religious life

Significant social and historical developments in religious thought

Religious practices and religious identity

Arguments for the existence of God

Challenges to religious belief

Religious experience

Religious language

Ethical thought

Deontological ethics

Teleological ethics

Determinism and free will

Strands

Religious, philosophical and/or ethical thought and teaching

Influence of beliefs, teachings and practices on individuals, communities and societies

Cause and significance of similarities and differences in belief, teaching and practice

Approaches to the study of religion and belief

Analyse – deconstructing information and/or issues to find connections between them and to provide logical chains of reasoning

Evaluate – appraising and/or making judgements with respect to information and/or issues

The focus is on the learner constructing coherent and reasoned responses, supported by evidence.

Entry requirements

Where students have studied Religious Studies before, they need to have achieved a Grade C at GCSE.  Standard entry requirements if not, as well as good literacy skills and a sound background in humanities subjects are necessary.  Most importantly students need to display: -

  • Commitment towards good attendance
  • The ability to meet deadlines
  • An open mind
  • A willingness to read more widely and undertake thorough independent study
  • The willingness to critically evaluate issues in debates
  • The ability to write detailed, well researched essays

(See Option Blocks on our website)

Assessment

Components

1. A Study of Religion: Christianity (Option A)

Themes

Religious figures and sacred texts

Religious concepts and religious life

Significant social and historical developments in religious thought

Religious practices and religious identity

Percentage 33.3%

Assessment 2 hour exam 2 essay style questions made up of 2 parts (some choice)

 

Components

2. Philosophy of Religion

Arguments for the existence of God

Challenges to religious belief

Religious experience

Religious language

Percentage 33.3% 

Assessment 2 hour exam 2 essay style questions made up of 2 parts (some choice)

Components

3. Religion and Ethics

Ethical thought

Deontological ethics

Teleological ethics

Determinism and free will

Percentage 33.3%

Assessment 2 hour exam 2 essay style questions made up of 2 parts (some choice)

 

Assessment Objectives

AO1 (40%) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief

Strands

Religious, philosophical and/or ethical thought and teaching

Influence of beliefs, teachings and practices on individuals, communities and societies

Cause and significance of similarities and differences in belief, teaching and practice

Approaches to the study of religion and belief

Assessment Objectives

AO2 (60%) Analyse and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief

Analyse – deconstructing information and/or issues to find connections between them and to provide logical chains of reasoning

Evaluate – appraising and/or making judgements with respect to information and/or issues

The focus is on the learner constructing coherent and reasoned responses, supported by evidence.

Future opportunities

What about Universities - how do they view Religious Studies?

Universities are very keen on students who have Religious Studies A Level because: -

• 25% of Oxford entrants have studied philosophy, ethics and religion

• Of the range of skills you learn (analysis, evaluation, essay writing, debating, presenting, hypothesising and criticising.)

• Of the topics covered e.g. morality, science, philosophy, psychology, logic, freedom, feminism, atheism, pluralism and the meaning of life.

Which degree subjects is it particularly useful for?

A whole range of subjects, including Law, All areas of Medicine, Pharmacology, Bio-medical Sciences, Politics, Sociology, History, Psychology, English and Maths!

Further information

Religious Studies fits particularly well: -

1. With Sciences: the Religious Studies course looks at medical, environmental and Animal ethics, the Big Bang, Evolution, Miracles and Creationism. You will also need to develop the ability to evaluate different hypothesis.

2. With History, English and Politics: In Religious Studies you will be required to use sources and texts, develop essay writing skills, formulate arguments, analyse and evaluate and use evidence. You will also develop understanding of the role of religion in society, immigration, capital punishment, nuclear weapons and freedom.

3. With Psychology & Sociology: In Religious Studies you will investigate what Psychology and Sociology say about: Belief in God, Religious Experience, sexuality and evil and suffering

4. With Health and Social Care: In Religious Studies you will study about social Responsibility and the principle of ‘the greatest good for the greatest number of people; Situation Ethics and the principle of ‘Agape’ (selfless love); Christian teachings about caring for the poor and the weak; the role of religion in society.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
Provider logo

Key information

Venues