Religious Studies - Theology, Philosophy & Ethics

Religious Studies: Theology, Philosophy & Ethics (OCR)

  • UNIT 1: Philosophy of Religion:
  • UNIT 2: Religious Ethics:
  • UNIT 3: Development of Christian thought

Course aims:

Advanced Level Religious Studies aims to develop an understanding of the principle methods by which religions and spirituality are studied. We aim to foster an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of grade B at GCSE and grade B in GCSE English are recommended. An ability to write in-depth critical essays is also required. Adherence to a belief system [religion] is not a requirement or even an advantage.


In Year 13, the A Level examination consists of 2 x 3hr papers.

Key features:

  • Promotes progression through AS and A Level and provides a suitable foundation for the study of theology and related courses in further and higher education and for employment
  • Encourages the development of independent learning as well as skills of analysis and textual criticism Promotes an awareness of the impact religious philosophy and ethics can have on modern society
  • Uses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enhance research and study skills
  • Develops an understanding of social, moral, spiritual and cultural values

Higher Education:

Theology is one of the fastest growing choices for undergraduate studies. It is highly respected in the world of employment, valued by the public sector and caring professions as well as highly rewarded in the spheres of law, advertising, news/current affairs and media/ communications. A very suitable foundation for ethical reflection especially in the progressive world of scientific/technological advancements.