A Level Religious Studies at Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS
This course enables you to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion; an academic knowledge and understanding appropriate to such a study; and an enquiring, empathetic and critical approach. The OCR course consists of three components: the study of religion, the philosophy of religion and ethics of religion
Development in Religious Thoughts Christianity:
o religious beliefs, values and teachings o sources of wisdom and authority
o practices that shape and express religious identity
o significant social and historical developments in theology or religious thought
o a comparison of the significant ideas presented in works of at least two key scholars selected from the field of religion and belief
o two themes related to the relationship between religion and society how developments in beliefs and practices have, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in philosophical and ethical studies of religion
Philosophy of religion
o philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief including at least three contrasting arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, gods or ultimate reality
o the nature and influence of religious experience
o challenges to religious belief such as the problems of evil and suffering
o philosophical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in the philosophy of religion
o how views of religious language have changed over time;
the challenges posed by the verification/falsification debate and language games theory over whether religious language should be viewed cognitively or non- cognitively; and a consideration of at least two different views about religious teachings being understood symbolically and analogically
o a comparison of the significant ideas presented in works of at least two key scholars selected from the field of the philosophy of religion and developments in the way these ideas are applied to issues in religion and belief
o how the philosophy of religion has, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in religious beliefs and practices and ethics
Religion and ethics
o ethical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in religion and ethics.
o three normative ethical theories such as deontological, teleological or character based ethics (at least two of which must be religious approaches)
o the application of ethical theory to two personal, societal or global issues of importance, including religious ethical perspectives
o how ethical language in the modern era has changed over time; including a study of meta-ethical theories and significant ideas in religious and moral thought such as free will, conscience or authority
o a comparison of the significant ideas presented in the works of at least two key scholars selected from the field of religion and ethics, and developments in the way these ideas are applied to significant issues in religion and belief
o how the study of ethics has, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in religious beliefs and practices, the philosophy of religion
Minimum entry requirements are in line with the School’s admission policy, but a grade B at GCSE Religious Studies is recommended.
Candidates study the three components and sit one 2 hour examination for each.
Higher Education Opportunities
Religious Studies and Theology are popular choices for students at university. Alternately, A Level Religious Studies can also be helpful to degree level studies in medicine, law, and teaching, and a number of other subjects.
Law, Medicine, Teaching, Journalism, Politics, the Police and Armed Forces, Social Work.
Please note: This is a two year course leading to the full A level. You can download the specification for this course and sample assessment material (past exam papers) from www.ocr.org.uk to gain a more complete understanding of the course contents and requirements.
Complementary subjects at A Level
English, History, Classics and Geography.
Mrs S Campbell
Head of Divinity
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS directly.