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Religious Studies ( Philosophy & New Testament) AS/A2 Level at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Course description

We will be running an AS course (followed by an A2 course) which will focus on Philosophy of Religion and New Testament studies.
AS LEVEL: Philosophy of Religion: a study of philosophical arguments for the existence of God (Design and Cosmological), looking at key ideas, strengths and weaknesses. A study will also be made of selected problems in the philosophy of religion with a focus on the problem of evil and suffering and concept of miracles. A key question will be ‘Can we prove that God exists?’
AS LEVEL: New Testament: this course will focus on John’s Gospel (the Fourth Gospel), looking at the moral teachings of Jesus and the meaning and significance of Signs (miracles). We will also look at the role of women and the nature and demands of discipleship.
A2 LEVEL: Philosophy of Religion: building on prior knowledge from AS level, a further study will be made of arguments for the existence of God, focusing on religious experience, religious language, the Ontological argument, life after death and the non-existence of God.
A2 LEVEL: New Testament: building on prior knowledge from AS Level, this course continues an examination of John’s Gospel, looking at authorship and purpose of the gospel and looking at the importance and meaning of the Prologue. An insight into Jesus’ conflict with the religious and political authorities of the time and an examination of the meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection. A key question will be ‘Why did Jesus have to die?’

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

A GCSE in Religious Studies would be useful but not essential - keen interest is more important.
Grade B or above in English Language and another essay writing subject is essential.


The AS level consists of two units: Foundations: Study of Philosophy of Religion and New Testament leading to an external examination of 1 hour 45 minutes.
Investigations: In essence, examined coursework. Students can choose from a wide range of topics, make a personal study of that topic and then will sit a 1hr 15 minute examination.
The A Level (A2) consists of two further units: Developments: Further study of Philosophy of Religion and New Testament leading to an external examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Implications: an anthology study on Philosophy of Religion or an examination into the person of Jesus Christ, his teachings, death and resurrection, leading to an external exam of 75 minutes.

Future opportunities

The combination of Philosophy of Religion and New Testament studies develops different yet complementary skills. Religious Studies A level is welcomed at all good universities and can lead to a variety of courses and careers, where an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints and an ability to come to clear, balanced decisions are important. If you wish to work with people in law, teaching, journalism, publishing, policing, health, catering, leisure and tourism or to work abroad or in a cosmopolitan setting, Religious Studies will give you plenty to think about.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

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