Religious Studies - Ethics, Philosophy and Christian Thought

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