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Religious Studies at Adams' Grammar School

Course description

Pupils do not have to be religious to take this A level and both religious and non-religious people are successful with this course.  The course is taught without any assumptions being made about staff or student belief.  However it is essential that students approach the course with interest, open-mindedness and enthusiasm, and it is important that they are prepared to discuss their own ideas, read around the subject and critically engage with the material being taught.

Course content

The course is not a biblical course. It involves study in the areas of: Philosophy of Religion; Social, Political and Cultural influences on Christianity and Modern Theologies and movements.

The OCR Religious Studies specification is followed:

Development in Christian Thought: topics include foundations of Christian theology eg. human nature, Christology, interpretation of the Bible, liberation theology, feminist theology and Christianity in a multi-cultural society.

Philosophy of Religion: topics include arguments for and against the existence of God, the problems of evil and suffering, religion and science and the challenges to religious belief, religious language, mind and body, revelations, life and death.

Entry requirements

Minimum five GCSEs grade B or above. There are no further specific entry requirements to study RS.  Students do not need to have taken Religious Studies at GCSE but it is preferable that they have.


The examination board is OCR. Syllabus: Religious Studies AS/A Level GCE Code: H572

Two modules are taken in summer of Lower Sixth year.
G571 - Philosophy of Religion. Two questions to be answered (from choice of four.)
G575 - Development of Christian Thought. Two questions to be answered (from choice of four.)

Two modules to be taken in June of Upper Sixth year.
G581 - Philosophy of Religion Two questions (out of four) to be answered.
G585 - Development of Christian Thought Two questions (out of four) to be answered.

There is no coursework at AS or A2 level.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies provides a number of transferable skills that can be used in many different degree areas and so enhances pupils choices for post A2 options.
Previous students have gone on to read degrees in Law, Medicine, English, History, PPE, Sciences as well as Theology/Philosophy. They have found the skills acquired in studying RS beneficial in their chosen careers, especially those in Business Management, law, Medicine, Architecture, Teaching and the Armed Forces.

Further information

Please contact Head of Department Miss Bowater.
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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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