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Religious Studies

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Key Stage 5 – Years 12/13

What will I Study?
Students will have the opportunity to study key aspects of the development of human
thought from Plato to the present day. Part of the course considers how ethical theories
can effect decisions about modern moral issues such as medical ethics and embryo
research. It also provides the opportunity to develop a range of skills, in particular,
analysis and critical evaluation.

How will I be assessed?
100% examination;
180 minutes in the May/June of each year
OCR Syllabus

G571 AS Philosophy of Religion:
• Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion
• Traditional arguments for the existence of God
• Challenges to religious belief (evil & suffering; science)

G572 AS Religious Ethics:
• Ethical Theories (Natural Law, Kant, Utilitarianism, Christian Ethics)
• Applied ethics topics (Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering, War & Peace)

G581 A2 Philosophy of Religion:
• Religious Language
• Religious Experience & Miracles
• Nature of God
• Life and Death

G582 A2 Religious Ethics:
• Ethical Theories
• Meta-Ethics
• Conscience, Freewill & Determinism
• Applied Ethics topics (Sexual Ethics, Business & the Environment)

Future opportunities
Religious Studies is an excellent choice not only for those who wish to read Philosophy,
Psychology or Theology at university, but also helps those thinking of a career in
journalism, medicine or law. This subject is very well regarded by any profession
requiring skills of analysis, critical evaluation, clear communication of ideas and an
ability to understand and empathise with a range of view-points.

What are the entry requirements?
As well as the standard for entry to Lady Margaret’s Sixth Form, it is necessary for
students to have achieved a B grade in English Language and at least a B in Religious
Studies. In addition an enquiring, analytical mind is highly desirable. The course requires
no particular religious commitment, but the subject requires an ability to examine
texts, to discuss important issues with an open mind, to weigh up arguments and reach
reasoned conclusions. Students must also be fully committed to reading around the
subject in their own time and attending Philosophy and/or debating clubs.

It combines well at AS and A2 with English, History, Sociology, Biology, Politics, and
Psychology; the skills required in this subject are an excellent foundation for all
academic study.


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