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Ethics and Philosophy - Religious Studies at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

OCR’s A Level in Religious Studies will encourage learners to:

  • Develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world
  • Develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies
  • Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion
  • Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their studies

This specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills that candidates may have developed through the study of GCSE Religious Studies. It does not, however, assume or require any previous study of the subject. It is designed to support a course of study which is suitable for candidates from any religion.

Course content

AS Level
Learners take components 01, 02, and 03 (Christianity), to be awarded the OCR AS Level in Religious Studies.

H173: Philosophy of Religion (component 01)

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • Arguments about the non-existence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • The possibilities of life after death

H173: Religion and Ethics (component 02)

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • Ethical language and thought

H173: Development in Religious Thought (component 03 - Christianity)

  • 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

A Level

Learners take components 01, 02 and 03, to be awarded the OCR A Level in
Religious Studies.

H573: Philosophy of Religion (component 01)

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • Arguments about the non-existence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • The possibilities of life after death
  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language

H573: Religion and Ethics (component 02)

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • Ethical language and thought
  • Debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and freewill
  • The influences on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion

H573: Development in Religious Thought (component 03 - Christianity)

  • 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

Entry requirements

  • The commitment and ability to study independently.
  • Minimum entry requirements are 3 Bs and 3 Cs.

Assessment

Written exams

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ringwood School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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