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Philosophy of Religion



Examination Board: OCR - Specification code:   Full Course J621 - Short Course J121

Belief, of whatever kind, is something that affects the way people live and behave, and therefore is a vitally important area of study. At Stover we believe that there is more to being educated that simply the acquisition of knowledge and skill. We believe that part of the task of education is to help young people ‘to become fully human’. As part of our desire to work towards this end, the Religious Studies Department offer the choice of the following courses:

Religious Studies short course in Applied Ethics

This course helps pupils investigate and respond to many of the fundamental questions raised by religion and human experience:

  • Medical Ethics – abortion, euthanasia, suicide, IVF and animal research.
  • Equality – racism, sexism, equality, forgiveness and reconciliation.
  • Peace and Justice – war, pacifism, crime and punishment, social injustice, violent and non-violent protests.
  • Religion and the Media – use and influence, censorship and freedom of speech.
  • Poverty and Wealth – causes of hunger and poverty, concern for others, uses of money and moral/immoral occupations.
  • Human Relationships – the roles of men and women in society, marriage, divorce, sexual relationships and contraception.


Religious Studies full course in Philosophy and Applied Ethics

In addition to studying the above ethical issues, pupils wishing to complete a full GCSE course in Religious Studies have the opportunity to investigate and respond to some of the fundamental questions about the meaning and purpose of life, studying the following:

  • The Nature of God – reasons why people believe in God, what they believe about God and the concept of miracles.
  • The Nature of Belief – concept of worship, prayer, meditation and fasting.
  • Good and Evil – origin of evil, natural and moral evil, suffering, sin and redemption, reasons for moral behaviour.
  • Death and the afterlife – body and soul, judgement, funeral rites.
  • Religion and Science – beliefs about the origin of the world and humanity, the place of humanity in relation to animals, stewardship and the environment.
  • Religion and Revolution – mystical and religious experiences, authority of the Bible, the incarnation.


Assessment:           Short Course – two one hour written examinations.

                              Full Course – four one hour written examinations.


Value: RS is a valuable preparation for adult life and for any career which requires critical and independent thinking. It engenders an awareness of the diversity of belief and an appreciation of alternative viewpoints. It is one of the Humanities fully recognised by Further and Higher Education. It has links to English, History, Law, Politics, Psychology, Medicine and Anthropology.

Mrs Bradley