A’ Level Curriculum 2016-2018 – OCR Board
The course comprises three components: Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Religious Thought. The exam is linear and students will study for this exam over two years. Each component of the course is worth 33.3% of the A ‘Level and each component has a 2 hour written exam.
In the Philosophy component students will learn about ancient philosophy, the nature of the soul, mind and body, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the problem of evil and the issues arising in religious language. In the Ethics component students will learn about normative ethical theories, the application of ethical theories to two contemporary issues, debates surrounding significant ideas about conscience and sexual ethics. Students will also study Developments in Religious Thought which consists of key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.
The course provides an opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding of Christianity, and explore philosophy of religion as well as religion and ethics. It is a curriculum for today as students will engage with topical issues and acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of major issues that are relevant to learners in the 21st century. The course is a relevant choice as ‘The Russell Group’ has stated that a Religious Studies A level provides, ‘suitable preparation for University generally’. It is also a challenging course which will enable students to acquire skills that will be prepare them for higher education or the world of work. The content is particularly useful for those wishing to study medicine, law, philosophy and politics. The skills developed will be particularly transferable for careers in law, government and the media.