Religious Studies

Religious Studies is not simply about religion, but allows students to explore all kinds of philosophical and ethical ideas.

Religious Studies

Specification

Although we offer all exam boards as our courses are individually designed, our chosen specification is OCR Religious Studies (H173 and H573).

Course Outline


Philosophy of religion

  • Philosophical Language and Thought
  • The Existence of God
  • God and the World
  • Theological and Philosophical Developments
  • Religious Language: Negative, Analogical or Symbolic
  • Religious Language: Twentieth Century Perspectives

Religion and ethics

  • Normative Ethical Theories: Religious Approaches
  • Normative Ethical Theories
  • Applied Ethics
  • Ethical Language: Meta-ethics
  • Significant Ideas
  • Developments in Ethical Thought

Developments in Christian thought

  • Insight
  • Foundations
  • Living
  • Development
  • Society
  • Challenges

Assessment


AS level

Paper 1: Philosophy of religion
  • Assessment of sections 1.1-1.3
  • 60 marks
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 33.3% of total AS level
Paper 2: Religion and ethics
  • Assessment of sections 2.1-2.3
  • 60 marks
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 33.3% of total AS level
Paper 3: Developments in Christian thought
  • Assessment of sections 3.1-3.3
  • 60 marks
  • 1 hour 15 minutes written paper
  • 33.3% of total AS level

A level

Paper 1: Philosophy of religion
  • Assessment of sections 1.1-1.6
  • 120 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 33.3% of total A level
Paper 2: Religion and ethics
  • Assessment of sections 2.1-2.6
  • 120 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 33.3% of total A level
Paper 3: Developments in Christian thought
  • Assessment of sections 3.1-3.6
  • 120 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 33.3% of total A level

Reading List

Good introductions to some important themes of the course include:
  • The Puzzle of God by Peter Vardy
  • The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
  • The Elements of Moral Philosophy by James Rachels


Many novelists are insightful on the philosophical issues that arise in Religious Studies. 

The following is a list of some novelists who are famous for their philosophical sophistication:

  • Voltaire, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jean-Paul Satre, Albert Camus, Iris Murdoch, Franz Kafka, Aldous Huxley, Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, Umberto Eco, Milan Kundera
  • Podcasts are another good introduction to Religious Studies:


Moral Maze (BBC, Michael Buerk). Discussion of moral dilemmas: 


Tutors

  • Will Bynoe BA PhD PGCE