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OCR A Level Religious Studies at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

A critical examination of the big questions about life through the exploration of Philosophy of Religion, Moral Philosophy, and the Development of Christianity over the past two millennia.  


Course content

Students will get to consider and debate topics such as the existence of God, the nature of freewill and its relationship to evil in the world, the consideration of life after death and the role the media plays in defining morality.


Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (minimum grade 4 Maths and English)

(B Grade in RS)



The course is assessed by three two hour examinations at the end of year 13.

There are formative assessments during the years to help students improve their knowledge, develop their evaluation skills and enhance their exam technique in preparation for the final exams.


Future opportunities

Future Opportunities – where might this lead you?

Remember, Archbishop Ilsley does not run a 6th form just for future university students).

A level RS is a well-respected qualification by universities and employers, being considered a ‘facilitating subject’ by The Russell Group of Universities.  The nature of the course, the content studied and critical thinking skills honed help to develop well rounded individuals who have spent time exploring their own thoughts and beliefs.  Students develop those traits that will allow them thrive in any university course or profession that demands independent thought, creativity and analytical enquiry.

RS is a perfect stepping stone to careers in philosophy, teaching, law and other disciplines that require skill in rhetoric.  Famous Theology and Philosophy graduates include ex US President Bill Clinton, civil rights activist Martin Luther King, actor & comedian Ricky Gervais, actor Hugh Bonneville, comedian Miles Jupp and numerous company CEOs included flicker co-founder Stewart Butterfield and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.


Further information

Further Information – field trips / visits info
Each year there are opportunities to participate in university essay competitions to win cash prizes and attended philosophy conferences in Oxford.
Theology/Religious Studies at Archies always receives positive feedback from both students and parents:
Last year a parent wrote:
‘My child has only positive comments to make regarding the work covered and the teaching she experiences.  Professional, informed and delivered with humour.’

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016
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