A-level Religious Studies

A-level Religious Studies

7062, 7061


A-Level Religious Studies, following the AQA specification 7062, is a course that aims to provide a deep understanding of religion and its impact on the world. The course typically spans over two years, and is examined at the end of the study period.

AQA's A-Level Religious Studies encourages students to engage with a variety of relevant and contemporary themes. It promotes a rigorous study of religions, using a scholarly approach. In the process, students develop critical and evaluative skills that are transferable to any future career path. 

The A-Level course typically has two components:

**Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics**

This part involves the study of philosophical language and thought, scrutinising issues and questions raised by religious beliefs. It includes topics such as the existence of God, self and life after death, good and evil, and ethical theories.


**Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues**

In this component, students will study one religion in depth, exploring key religious figures, texts, religious life, and the relationship of religion and society. The religion chosen could be Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, or Judaism. The dialogue section involves the exploration of how religions interact with each other and with atheism and secular perspectives.


Assessment of AQA's A-Level Religious Studies is typically via written examination. Each component is usually assessed by one written paper, and each examination contributes to 50% of the A-Level.



A-Level examinations in Religious Studies provide opportunities for students to exhibit their capacity to:

1. Reflect upon, choose, and utilize specific knowledge.

2. Formulate well-informed and rational arguments supported by pertinent evidence.

3. Comprehend, interpret, and critically evaluate religious concepts, texts, and other sources.

4. Deliver responses to questions in a clear and coherent manner.

5. Use specialist language and terminology appropriately.

6. Identify, explore, and critically analyze questions, arguments, ideas, and issues stemming from the chosen approaches.

7. Participate in discussions acknowledging the right of others to hold contrasting views.

8. Critically examine and evaluate the viewpoints and arguments of scholars or academics.

9. Consider the influence of social, religious, and historical factors on developments in the study of religions and beliefs.

10. Analyze the connections between different elements of their course of study.

11. Develop a broad and deep understanding of the connections between the knowledge, understanding, and skills set out in the specification as a whole.

Goals:

Courses grounded on this specification should inspire students to:


1. Cultivate their interest in a thorough study of religion and belief and its relation to the broader world.

2. Develop knowledge and understanding suitable for a specialized study of religion.

3. Enhance their understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contributions to individuals, communities, and societies.

4. Adopt an inquiring, critical, and reflective approach towards the study of religion.

5. Reflect on and develop their personal values, opinions, and attitudes in light of their studies.


Evaluation Objectives:

Evaluation objectives (EOs) are determined by Ofqual and remain consistent across all A-Level Religious Studies specifications and all exam boards.


Examinations will assess students based on the following evaluation objectives:


EO1: Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of religion and belief, including:

- religious, philosophical and/or ethical thought and teachings

- influence of beliefs, teachings, and practices on individuals, communities, and societies

- cause and significance of similarities and differences in belief, teaching, and practice

- approaches to the study of religion and belief.


EO2: Analyze and evaluate aspects of, and approaches to, religion and belief, including their significance, influence, and study.