EPR is fantastic. You get to debate big questions like ‘does god exist?’ and ‘is euthanasia acceptable?’ it develops your ability to make strong arguments.
The Religious Studies A Level will enable students to develop a deeper understanding of answers to key ethical, philosophical and religious questions. It will cover a range of issues which have been debated throughout history, and which are still relevant today. The A Level course involves the study of three modules from the OCR Religious Studies course.
Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).
If a student is applying for a course in a subject that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.
Philosophy of religion
Learners will study:
- Ancient philosophical influences on the philosophy of religion, including Aristotle and Plato
- The nature of the soul, mind and body
- Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
- The nature and impact of religious experience
- The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
- Ideas about the nature of God
- Issues in religious language.
Religion and ethics
Learners will study:
- Normative ethical theories – theories which attempt to set rules for what is right and what is wrong, e.g. Utilitarianism and Natural Law
- The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance – euthanasia and business ethics
- Ethical language and thought
- Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
- Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.
Developments in religious thought
Learners will study the following issues in the context of Christianity:
- Beliefs about human nature
- Death and the Afterlife
- Beliefs about God and Jesus
- Christian morality and ethics
- Religious pluralism – how Christians respond to other religions
- Liberation Theology and Marx
Each of the three components will be assessed through a 2 hour exam paper at the end of the second year. Each component is worth 33.3% of the total marks for A Level.
Religious Studies is a sought-after subject amongst employers and higher education institutions because it equips students with a wide range of different skills. It enables students to understand a variety of belief systems and, most importantly, to be able to evaluate beliefs and arguments. A Level Religious Studies students will develop skills in literacy, textual analysis, critical thinking, logical reasoning and evaluation of arguments. Religious Studies students enter a wide range of careers including journalism, policing, finance (accountancy, banking, management and consultancy), education, marketing, sales, advertising, law and social work. Recent Religious Studies students have gone on to study a very broad range of subjects at University, including Philosophy, Psychology, Accounting, Music Technology and Science, to name just a few.