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A Level

Religious Studies

Students are issued with textbooks following each module closely and are encouraged to read books by Peter Vardy in the first instance as background, extension material.  They will be provided with a revision textbook before the examination.

Year 12

Autumn Term

  • Concept of God in the Bible
  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Design Argument
  • Moral Argument
  • Ethical Theory
  • Utilitarianism
  • Ethics of Christianity
  • Abortion and Euthanasia

Spring Term

  • Ontological Argument
  • Cosmological Argument
  • Challenge of Science
  • Problem of Evil
  • Natural Law
  • Categorical Imperative
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Warfare

Summer Term

  • Revision

Year 13

There are two units to study in Year 13, one in Philosophy of Religion and the other in Ethics

A2 Philosophy of Religion  

  • Religious Language
  • Life and Death
  • The Nature of God
  • Religious Experience
  • Miracles

A2 Religious Ethics

  • Meta Ethics
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Free Will and Determinism
  • The Nature and Role of Conscience
  • Applying religious and ethical teaching to the following:
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Sexual Ethics

Useful links and websites


Assessment information

OCR A Level Specification H173, H573