In Religious Studies, we examine some of the deepest questions underlying human existence.
Is there an ultimate intelligence behind the universe, and if so, how could we ever know? If there is a God, and God is both good and all-powerful, why is there so much evil in the world? Is there such a thing as good and evil, right and wrong – or are they just human inventions, to keep people in their place? How should I live? How can we ensure good ethical practice alongside new medical technologies? How have religious beliefs and practices developed? Why did they modernise? What is the relationship between religion and feminism?
Over the centuries, some of humankind’s greatest thinkers have suggested answers to these questions, and you will be grappling with these answers, as well as suggesting answers of your own. Religious Studies is an essay-based subject that requires the ability to argue and debate and also the ability to think for oneself.
You will develop critical skills to examine these kinds of issues in a critical and analytical way, to the highest academic standards. This course is just right for you if you can cope with radical and challenging ideas – regardless of whether or not you have any religious beliefs of your own.
Religious Studies A Level is incredibly challenging, hugely interesting and extremely rewarding. Unlike at GCSE you will be mainly studying the philosophical and theological thinking behind religion rather than specific religious practices.
We take the OCR Religious Studies specification and study the Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics and Judaism options. There are three written papers at the end of the U6 year. There is no coursework.