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Religious Studies A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

Course description

OCR’s A Level in Religious Studies will encourage learners to:
- develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world
- develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion
- develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies
- 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 study.

Course content

Philosophy of Religion

2 hour written paper (33.3% of A level)

Ancient philosophical influences, the nature of the soul, mind and body, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and impact of religious experience, the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil, ideas about the nature of God and issues in religious language.

Religion and Ethics

2 hour written paper (33.3% of A level)

Ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Kantian Ethics and Natural Moral Law theory. The application of these ethical theories to two contemporary issues (business ethics and euthanasia), ethical language and thought, debates surrounding the conscience and sexual ethics.

Developments in Christian Thought

2 hour written paper (33.3% of A level)

Christian beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world, sources of Christian wisdom and authority, practices which shape and express Christian identity and how these vary within a tradition and significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought.

Entry requirements

Students who have studied RS at GCSE (Short Course or Long Course) should secure at least a B grade. Students who have not studied RS at GCSE are expected to have at least a grade 6 in English Language or English Literature.


A variety of teaching and learning methods are used within RS. For ALevel RS the skill of evaluation is key- so opportunities to enhance this skill within lessons via class discussions and debates are encouraged. Students will be provided with textbooks to assist their learning, but will also be required, due to the extensive nature of the course to do wider reading of philosophical, ethical and religious texts.

Future opportunities

As a subject that requires debate and argument as well as an understanding of human feelings, belief and behaviour, this course can open the door to a wide variety of courses and future occupations. Students have gone on to study a range of subjects at university including Law, Religious Studies, Social Work, Teaching, Philosophy and Psychology. Most commonly, it leads to students going into people focused professions.

Further information

The philosophical and ethical nature of this course means it can be combined with both the arts and the sciences. It is often studied alongside subjects like Politics, Psychology, Sociology, English, History, Biology but it can fit well with almost anything.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2017
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