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Religious Studies AS/A2 Level at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College

Course description

The Specification offers an academic approach to the study of religion and is

accessible to candidates of any religious persuasion or none.

The OCR Religious Studies Specification encourages candidates to:

  • develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world.
  • treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion.
  • 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 learning.

Course content


Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion - Unit G571

• Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion

• Judeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion

• Traditional arguments for the existence of God

• Challenges to religious belief

Unit 2: Religious Ethics - Unit G572

• Ethical theories (Natural Law, Kant, Utilitarianism and Religious Ethics)

• Applied ethics topics (abortion and the right to a child, euthanasia, genetic

engineering and war)



Unit 3: Philosophy of Religion - Unit G581

• Religious language

• Experience and religion

• Nature of God

• Life and death

• Miracle

Unit 4: Religious Ethics - Unit G582

• Meta-Ethics

• Free will and determinism

• Conscience

• Virtue ethics

• Applied ethics topics

Entry requirements

Due to the academic demand of the course pupils need to have achieved at least

a B in their RS GCSE.


Each unit is:

  • Worth 50% of AS, 25% of A2 grade.
  • Has a 1 hour 30 minute written examination worth 70 marks.
  • Is made up of two essay questions from a choice of four.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

Key information

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