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Religious Studies(OCR) at St Augustine's Catholic College

Course description

Religious Studies is a rigorous A Level course which deals
with some of the significant questions in life, such as, ‘Does
God exist, and if He does, how can we know Him? If God is
good, then why is there evil in the world? Does human life
have a purpose?’ It offers intellectual challenge and helps
students to develop an enquiring, critical and reflective
approach to the study of religion and its relation to the wider
The course includes two main components – Christian
Theology and Philosophy, which are studied for both AS and
For AS the Theology unit first explores some of the
foundational ideas behind Christian thinking, such as the
nature of God, humanity and revelation; it then studies
Liberation Theology and asks how Christians should live out
their faith in our 21st Century world. At A2 students study the
relation between Christianity and other world religions and
the impact of feminism on Christian thought.
The Philosophy component begins at AS by studying the
development of philosophical ideas since Plato, including the
classic arguments for the existence of God and the Problem of
Evil. At A2 students explore issues such as the nature of
religious language and life after death.
The course is taught through a variety of methods, with a
strong emphasis on discussion, debate, independent reading
and research. It provides a solid foundation for future study,
especially in higher education courses in the arts, humanities
and social sciences, as the subject requires the ability to
research and analyse complex material, critically evaluate an
argument or point of view and develop good essay writing
skills. It can help students improve their thinking skills and
reflect on and develop their own values and attitudes in the
light of their learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Augustine's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years