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A2 Religious Education at John Colet School

Course description

In Year 13 students will then move on to study the second part of the New Testament which will ask them to focus on John’s Gospel. The key areas of study include:

  •  The Context of John’s Gospel.
  •  The nature, role and purpose of the discourses within John’s Gospel.
  •  The nature, role and purpose of the signs in John’s Gospel.
  •  The nature, role and purpose of the passion and resurrection narratives.

Along with this students will be expected to complete a Synoptic paper which asks them to study the use of religious law(s) both from scripture and from religious institutions. Religious teaching and guidance about behaviour and how to determine good and bad, right and wrong. The use of religious conscience for allowing an individual to determine how to make decisions. The role of religious tradition in determining behaviour. This will be linked into the study of Medical research and medical developments.

As this is the synoptic paper students Candidates will be expected to draw together the knowledge and skills they have developed during the course in a comparative analysis which demonstrates understanding of the links between the central elements of each of their chosen topics at A2 (Units 3 and 4). The questions in Units 3 and 4 will test candidates’ understanding of complex issues and relationships in each topic in conjunction with their skills of critical analysis and reasoned argument. The accessible wording of the questions will enable candidates of differing abilities to be challenged at their own level, but the questions will be open-ended and will allow the most able to show the breadth of their knowledge.

Course content

Paper 3: RST3E New Testament. (1 hour 30 minutes = 25% of final mark)

  •  The context of John’s Gospel.
  •  The nature, role and purpose of the discourses within John’s Gospel.
  •  The nature, role and purpose of the signs within John’s Gospel.
  •  The nature, role and purpose of the Passion within the resurrection narratives.

Paper 4: RST4C: Ways of making Moral Decisions. (1 hour 30 minutes = 25% of final mark.)

Ethical systems, both deontological and teleological, and how these can be used to assist people in making moral decisions; consideration of which style might be more suitable or have fewer weaknesses. Consideration of hybrid styles of ethical systems and whether these are more suitable for moral decision-making in 21st century societies. The application of ethical systems to Medical research and medical developments:

  •  The use of embryos, human cells, medical trials on humans.
  •  The use of animals for medical research.
  •  Brain death, life support systems, limitation of the availability of drugs / medical services for people.

Entry requirements

5 grade A*- C GCSE subjects, which must include: A*- B in Maths, and English Language or Literature as well as Humanities GCSE. Students who studied GCSE RE will be allowed to enter with A* to C grades.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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