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Examination Board:  OCR

A-level Religious Studies helps students develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of Religion and its relation to the wider world. This four-unit specification encourages students to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning. Students will have an opportunity to study aspects of one or more religions, including textual, theological, historical, ethical, phenomenological and philosophical perspectives.

Studying Religious Studies at A-Level provides students with the skills to:

  • Analyse, think logically and argument
  • Research and apply in wider knowledge

Specific requirements

Grade 5  in GCSE Religious Studies and Grade 5 in GCSE English.


What will I study?

During Year 12 students will cover the following topics:

  • Religious Ethics – morality, medical ethics, genetic engineers, morality of war.
  • Philosophy of Religion – Influence of Ancient Greece, arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil.

During Year 13 students will study the following topics:

  • Religious Ethics – language, free will and conscience, virtue ethics, business ethics, environmental ethics.
  • Philosophy of Religion – the experience of religion and God, separation of body and soul, life after death, reincarnation.

Where does it lead?

This subject is useful for degrees in Science, Maths and Theology and, of course, Philosophy.  It often forms parts of Environmental Science and Archaeology degrees.