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Religious Studies OCR AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 onwards. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade. 

Course content


Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion (looking at some of the greatest minds in history, from Plato to Descartes, considering a range of topics and arguments

Unit 2: Ethics (looking at ethical theories and how they can be applied to ethical topics such as euthanasia and sexuality in the twenty-first century)

Unit 3: Development in religious thought (looking at a more religious approach to topics such as the purpose of life and the self and immortality)


Unit 1:  Philosophy of Religion (adding to the AS material by studying topics such as language and which claims or arguments could be considered meaningful)

Unit 2: Ethics (adding to the AS material by studying topics such as conscience and how much freedom we actually have in our ethical decisions)

Unit 3: Development in religious thought (adding to the AS material by studying topics such as gender in society and the challenge of secularism)


How you will learn:

  • Debate and discussion
  • Investigative research
  • Multi-media presentations
  • Reading primary texts / text books independently


Skills you will need:

  • The ability to think about the bigger picture
  • The ability to delve deep into topics and arguments
  • The ability to grasp a range of contrasting viewpoints
  • The ability to make up your own mind about things
  • The ability to argue your view persuasively
  • The ability to construct in-depth written arguments

Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.



Examination Only (3 papers, each one hour long with students choosing to answer two of four question options)


Examination Only (3 papers each two hours long with students choosing to answer three of five question options)

Future opportunities

This course opens up a range of options in education beyond secondary school; it has also been found to compliment other course choices with many students interviewed for medicine finding interviewers interested in their ethical studies. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information


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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.