A Level Religious Studies

Course codes: OSC1294 / OSC1315
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Explore different faiths and beliefs and uncover opinion about the ethics behind religion. Earn up to 56 UCAS points when you study your RS A Level...

  • Exactly the same course as sixth form or college
  • Earn up to 56 UCAS points
  • Uncover truths about religion and the ethics behind it
  • Open up routes into teaching, charity work, youth worker
  • Choose to study online or from a course pack
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment
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Course Overview

A Level Religious studies is not only about the study of religion, but in fact gives a fascinating insight into ethics and philosophy too. Interested?

Our AQA Religious Studies A Level allows you to understand religion in the society around us, giving you a greater understanding of the modern world.

Learn about free will and moral responsibility. Understand self, death and the afterlife in different religions. Recognise skills in analysing critically and give balanced arguments on personal values and opinions.

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Course Outcome

You will receive your AQA A Level in Religious Studies (you must take the A Level exams to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

2 paper-based exams.

Course Content

AQA 7062

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death
  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta-ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant
  • For the second component, in relation to Christianity, there are three sections
  • The sources of wisdom and authority
  • God and ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expressions of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism
  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on, philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied
  • How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on, ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.
Extra Info

Assessment

To achieve the full Religious Studies A Level you will be assessed across the above sections. These sections will be assessed by two paper-based examinations. Details of these are provided below.

Course Duration

You will have up to 2 years to complete the full A Level. This is a lot more time than you need, so that you can study at your own pace without the pressure of tight deadlines. Your only deadlines are the A Level examinations. If you add on your exams, the examinations for this course will be taken at a centre in Birmingham or Macclesfield; we will book these for you when you feel you are ready. Additional exam centres in various locations will soon become available.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an A Level in Religious Studies by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or email. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

Course Outcome

Once you have successfully completed the examinations you will receive the AQA accredited A Level in Religious Studies. These subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work.

Thinking of Going to University?

Open Study College are proud to partner with QA Higher Education, providing students with the unique opportunity to progress into higher education. This partnership aims to support our students in finding and securing a university place at one of QA Higher Education’s conveniently located teaching centres across the UK.

Exam details

Paper 1: Component 1 – Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Weighing: 50% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Assessed: Section A Philosophy of religion and section B ethics and religion
  • Assessment format: Four compulsory two-part question
Paper 2: Component 2 – Study of Religion and Dialogue
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Weighing: 50% of AS
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Assessed: Section A study of religion, section B the dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion and the dialogue between ethical studies and religion
  • Assessment format: Two compulsory two-part questions and questions on the chosen religion and two unstructured synoptic question
Q&As

Yes! You take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

You do not require any previous knowledge to enrol on this course.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE TOTUM student discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College study pack*

* Not included with the online study option

There is no required reading for this A Level, however you will need to conduct your own research using the internet.

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to fully complete this course; we will book these exams for you. 

Please note, you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham or Macclesfield examination centre.

No, all costs are included within the price! If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these separately. You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional. 

You are still able to study this A Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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