Religious Studies

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. 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 (H573)

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13 will study three units of equal weighting.

You will follow the new OCR (H573) Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) to A Level. There are 3 modules of study:

Philosophy of Religion – looks at the basis of philosophy from Ancient Greece, especially the huge influence on the development of Christianity of both Plato and Aristotle. We cover topics such as arguments for and against the existence of God, miracles, life after death and the existence of evil and suffering.

The Ethics Paper – is a unit which examines the relationship between religion and morality. This includes studying normative ethical theories and their application to contemporary issues of importance such as Business Ethics, Sexual Ethics and Euthanasia.

Developments in Religious Thought - focuses on the interconnections of religious beliefs and values with the modern world as well as significant social and historical changes in theology and religion.


A Level - 100% examined through 3 papers each 2 hours long

Enrichment Opportunities

A Level academic conferences for Philosophy and Ethics


For further details, please contact Mr Bhagwandin, Head of Religious Education

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.