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A-level Religious Education

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The Religious Education Faculty Team

Mrs L. Bryant – Head of faculty
Miss R. Casey – Teacher of R.E. and Head of Chaplaincy
Miss G. Stanley – Teacher of R.E. and KS3 lead
Ms S. Connelly – Teacher of R.E.
Miss E. Stewart – Teacher of R.E.
Mr J. House – Teacher of R.E.

Year 12 and 13 – Programme of Study

A Level Religious Studies                                                                   

The Religious Studies A level course gives you the opportunity to study some of the fundamental questions which people have always asked about:

• Why are we here?

• How should we behave?

• What happens to us when we die?

• How do religious believes explain & explore their beliefs

Religious Studies involves some major academic disciplines such as Theology, Religious ethics and Philosophy of Religion. Students are following the OCR ‘Religious Studies’ specification.

From the OCR specification:

The content has been designed to provide a coherent and thought-provoking programme of study for both teachers and learners, whilst also acting as a rigorous course of study which prepares learners for progression to Higher Education.

This qualification is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Learners will develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas.

OCR’s A Level Religious Studies course aims to engage learners thoroughly and develop an interest in Religious Studies which extends beyond the classroom and can be applied to the world around them.

Colleges and universities place great value on this Religious Studies course because it helps develop thinking and analytical skills, the ability to develop and structure an argument, textual analysis and it fosters independent thinking.

This course complements a variety of other AS & A level courses.  In the past students who have studied a wide range of subjects, including English, History, Sociology, Geography, Drama, Languages, Psychology and Maths have made use of transferable skills.  This course also supports those who study the sciences, particularly those who wish to follow a career in Medicine.

Exam Board


What are the entry requirements?

A grade 6 in RE at GCSE level and preferably a grade 6 in English Language GCSE.

Year 12 & 13 – Core RE

We are a Catholic College and all our pupils are expected to study RE throughout their education. It provides an opportunity to continue your Religious Education and further develop your knowledge, understanding and reasoning skills.

Core RE programme of study:

Year 12

  • Catholic Social Teaching.


  • What makes us human?


  • The problem of evil.



  • The Church in dialogue with other faiths.

Year 13

• Personal and social issues

• Experiments in Spirituality and prayer

• Service for others

• Contemporary theological developments

• Questions of life and death