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Religious Studies A Level (OCR) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

We believe that the following units complement GCSE RS.  It allows you to look at philosophical and ethical issues, as well as the development of religious thought.

 

Religion and Ethics

The unit covers at AS:

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance

At A-level students also 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

 

Philosophy of Religion

The unit covers at AS:

  • 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

At A-level students also study:

  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language

 

Developments in Christian thought

This unit at AS covers:

  • Augustine’s teachings on human nature
  • Death and the afterlife
  • Knowledge of the existence of God
  • The person of Jesus Christ
  • Christian moral principles
  • Christian moral action

At A-level students also study:

  • Religious pluralism
  • Gender and society
  • The challenge of secularism
  • Liberation Theology and Marx

Entry requirements

You must meet the general Sixth Form entry requirements and a grade 5 or above in RS GCSE is highly desirable.

Assessment

AS Level

Religion and Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Development in Christian thought are assessed in examinations of 1 hour and 15 minutes each carrying 33% of your AS grade.

A-level

Religion and Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Development in Christian thought are assessed in examinations 2 hours each carrying 33% of you’re A-level grade.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is a useful subject for anybody wishing to prove they can construct their own arguments, understand other people’s attitudes and actions analyse information and communicate their ideas in an effective and persuasive manner.  In a society such as the modern UK, having an awareness of religion, its role in people’s lives and the impact it can have on individuals and local and national communities is a skill certainly worth having.

Further information

Religious Studies links particularly well with History, English, Psychology and Sociology. It would also complement students studying sciences and/or Mathematics to demonstrate your ability to write at length and develop your own line of argument and thought.

 

Contact Mr Heppell, Head of Department via e-mail at sixthform@hamptoncollege.org.uk

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: 19 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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