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Religious Studies AS/A2 Level at Northampton School for Boys

Course description

The OCR Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) course is designed to build upon the OCR GCSE course and provides a natural progression for students, although it is not essential that you have completed the GCSE course first.

There are two units of study in the Religious Studies course. The Philosophy of Religion unit will cover the influences of Ancient Greek philosophy and Judaeo-Christian philosophy on later philosophical traditions. It will also look at a range of philosophical arguments for the existence of God, drawing on philosophers ranging from Bertrand Russell to Kant and David Hume. 

In the Religious Ethics part of the course, you will study a range of ethical theories, from Kant’s Categorical Imperative to Jeremy Bentham’s Utilitarianism. We will also consider what it means to talk about ethics and whether or not ethics can be considered either relative or absolute.

To complete the A Level, you will study further topics in Y13 such as Religious Language and Experience, as well as Free Will and Determinism and Virtue Ethics.

Entry requirements

Along with the School’s minimum requirements, you will need a minimum grade B in GCSE English or GCSE Humanities subject.  You do not have to have studied Religious Studies before, but if you have, you need to achieve a grade B. 

It is essential that you are able to approach issues in a logical, clear-thinking manner.  You also need to be aware that essay writing is a key to success at both AS and A2 Levels. 


There are termly assessments and internal examinations throughout the course.

There are two external written papers, each one lasting one and a half hours for the AS Level in Year 12 and for the A2 Level in Year 13. In the exams you are required to answer two two-part essay questions from a choice of four.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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Key information

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