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Religious Studies A'Level at Newstead Wood School

Course description

OCR Syllabus H573, Modules 01, 02, 03


Philosophy of religion (01)

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 minutes - 60 marks

Three questions from four

33.3% of total AS level


Religion and ethics (02)

Learners will study:

  • normative ethical theories – Natural Moral Law, Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Deontology
  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance: Euthanasia and Business Ethics

1 hour 15 minutes - 60 marks

Three questions from four

33.3% of total AS level


Developments in religious thought - Christianity

Learners will study Christian ideas on:

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


1 hour 15 minutes - 60 marks

Three questions from four

33.3% of total AS level



  • The ability to convey knowledge and understanding of material by selecting and presenting data.
  • The ability to understand the concepts involved in theological study.
  • The ability to support conceptual beliefs with logically reasoned argument.
  • The ability to assess the cultural, historical and social influences on belief and religious behaviour.



Student enquiry is fostered through reading, research and discussion, using videos, talks, lectures and visits. Some part of each lesson usually involves debate and discussion. Students should come prepared and willing to actively participate.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto this course, students need at least grade 7 GCSE in English or an A grade in one of the following subjects: Religious Studies, Geography or History. AN OPEN MIND IS ALSO ESSENTIAL!


In Religious Studies there are two assessment objectives:


Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion and belief, including:

  • 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 and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence and study.




Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the second year of an A level in Religious Studies. This could lead you onto higher education to study Theology, Religious Studies, Philosophy or a combined course like Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Students who have studied Religious Studies in recent years have also gone on to study: Law; Philosophy and English; Human, Social and Political Science; Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations; Medicine and History.

The critical analysis and debate within the Religious Studies A level course is an ideal preparation for any career involving analysis of arguments and case studies such as a working as a barrister, civil servant, lawyer, journalist or social worker.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newstead Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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