AS/A level Religious Studies - Ethics, Philosophy and Christian Thought
What is Religious Studies at AS/A level?
An investigation into Christian belief involving an enquiry into modern philosophical debate and ethical issues. This is a two year AS and A level course accredited with OCR.
Who is it for?
All students who are interested in developing an enquiring, critical and empathetic approach to religion and are of a strong work ethic.
What shall I study?
In Year 1 of the course:
H173/01: Philosophy of Religion includes:
- Ancient Greek Influences on Body and Soul
- Arguments for the existence of God
- Religious experience - The problem of evil
H173/02: Religious Ethics includes:
- Normative Ethical theories – religious and non-religious
- Applied Ethics –Euthanasia and Business Ethics
H173/03: Christian Thought includes:
- Augustine’s Teaching on Human Nature
- Death and Afterlife
- God’s Existence
- Christian Moral Principles
In Year 2 of the course:
HS573/01: Philosophy of Religion includes:
- the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
- ideas about the nature of God
- issues in religious language.
HS573/02: Religious Ethics includes:
- ethical language and thought
- debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
- sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs
HS573/03: Christian Thought includes:
- Religious Pluralism and Society
- Gender and Society
- Secularism and Liberation Theology
Year one of the course may be offered as an Advanced Subsidiary Qualification without a candidate continuing it on to Year two.
Details of the course material for AS are as outlined above under Year 1.
How shall I study?
The course is taught by specialist staff using a variety of styles.
Learning activities will range from group discussions, note taking, individual research, tutorials and regular practice of essay questions.
How will I be assessed?
Candidates will be assessed in the form of external exams sat in June of the first and second year of the course. Papers sat in the June of Year 1 will be of Advanced Subsidiary Standard.
Papers sat in June of Year 2 will be Advanced Standard.
Where might it lead me?
- University – further study at Degree Level
- Career in education – teaching/lecturing.
- Career in the caring services – nursing, social work, care work, counselling, hospital work.
- Career in business.
- Career in law – solicitor, barrister etc.
- Career in the police force.
- Voluntary work – abroad or in this country.
Who can I ask for more details?
Miss McPhee/Miss Hinton
Why study A level Religious Studies and at St Thomas More?
- Excellent results in this subject
- Highly qualified teaching staff
- An engaging and exciting course