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Course: OCR J625, 9-1

RS is an exciting course exploring some of the ultimate questions of human existence such as belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth and their influences on human life.

RS will help you  develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of two religions, as well as non-religious beliefs such as atheism and humanism. You will learn about the influence of religion on individuals, communities and societies and, in addition, you will be encouraged to reflect on and develop your own values, beliefs and attitudes. The subject will encourage you to use your knowledge and understanding to analyse questions about religious beliefs and values as well as to construct well-argued, well-informed and balanced written arguments. The knowledge and skills obtained will be of value in any career path.

course content 
Component Group 1 - Beliefs and Teachings & Practices

This will include looking at sources of wisdom and authority for Buddhism and Christianity, looking at their beliefs and practices, and how those beliefs and practices affect the lives of the followers of those religions. We also consider the issues raised for the followers of those religions in a diverse religious and non-religious society. 

There will be four themes of study:

  • relationships and families: roles of men and women; gender prejudice and discrimination; equality

  • the existence of God: the ways in which God and the nature of reality might be understood

  • religion, peace and conflict: violence, war, pacifism, just war theory, terrorism; concepts of justice, peace and reconciliation

  • dialogue within and between religious and non-religious beliefs and attitudes: a study of a range of attitudes towards those with different religious and secular views. 

Component Group 2 - Religion, Philosophy and Ethics in the Modern World

This will include the study of different philosophical and ethical arguments and their influence and impact on the modern world from a Christian perspective.


Two 1-hour papers in Component Group 1. One 2-hour paper in Component Group 2. There is no coursework.