Religious Studies

Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: OCR
Religious Studies covers some of life’s most fundamental questions: Does God exist? If God is loving and powerful, then why does God allow suffering? How can we talk meaningfully about God? How can I live a good life? It also questions society: Is Religion sexist? How can we ensure good ethical practice alongside new advances in medical developments?

Students who choose to study Christianity will examine key Bible texts and different Church teachings. Students who choose to study Hinduism will examine Eastern Philosophy through the colourful stories of the Gods and Goddesses in India, as told in the Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita. We will look at different forms of worship and the importance of holy people in India. Both units aim to look at the foundational teachings of that religion and to consider how developments in society impact on religion. You will examine all of these issues in a critical and analytical way, regardless of whether you are a person of religious faith or not. Universities and employers place great value on Religious Studies because through independent thinking, students develop the ability to develop and structure coherent arguments and provide textual analysis.

Course Units

Unit 01: Philosophy of Religion
Unit 02: Religion and Ethics
Unit 03: Developments in Christian Religious Thought OR Developments in Hinduism – Eastern Philosophy

Course Assessment

Assessment is 100% examination based. There will be three exams at the end of the course.

This Course Can Lead To…

This subject is particularly useful if you want to go on to study a degree in Religious Studies, Theology or Philosophy. It also supports those who are considering a career in Law, Medicine, Health and Social Care, Journalism, Media Editing, Counselling, HR, Business, Government and many more areas. This course is available to people of all eligious beliefs, or none.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in English Language

Course Highlights

  • Attendance at conferences on Philosophy and Ethics.
  • Tailored materials for the students to meet the specifications.
  • Trip to The National art gallery to examine themes of morality, heaven and hell.
  • Trip to Neasden Temple.