A Level Religious Studies Course


This Religious Studies A Level course offers an academic approach to the study of religion and is accessible to candidates of any religious persuasion or none. This A Level Religious Studies course encourages students to develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world.

Treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion. Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion and Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

Qualification: A Level Religous Studies
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: AQA
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 24 Months Max Support
UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

View full specification here

Course fees include course lessons & 24 months tutor support
(Exam fees not included)


A Level Religious Studies Course

A Level Religious Studies Course

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Course Fee: Starting at: £389.00


One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time. Totally Interest free!


We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

Students paying their fees in full upon enrolment are able to claim a 20% discount

Unemployed Students in receipt of job seekers allowance for a period of 3 months or more are entitled to a reduction of 30% when paying their fees in full upon enrolment. Students wishing to know more about this scheme should contact the college direct on 01827 283735. Proof of entitlement will be required.

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

 

 

 

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How the synoptic gospels came into being
Oral Tradition
Reasons for the synoptic gospels being committed to writing
The relationship between the three synoptic gospels; the priority of Mark
Reasons for writers editing material as they wrote the synoptic gospels
Reasons for translating the original Greek synoptic texts

Aspects of Jesus’ teaching and action, parables and healings
The role and the purpose of parables and healings as recorded in the synoptic gospels
Scholars’ views of the theology and the teaching found in parables and healings

The arrest, trial and death of Jesus
Scholars’ views of the theological message and the teaching about the person of Jesus provided by the writers in these accounts

The main similarities and differences between the three accounts:
Matthew 2636–2761
• Mark 1432–1547
• Luke 2240–2356

The resurrection of Jesus
Scholars’ views of the theological message and the teaching about the person of Jesus provided by the writers in these accounts

The main similarities and differences between the three accounts:
• Matthew 2762–2820
• Mark 161–20 (noting the variant readings of the text)
• Luke 24

Buddhism

Samsara and the three marks of existence
The concept of samsara – the cycle of death and rebirth
The concepts of dukkha, anatta and anicca
The implications of these ideas for the Buddhist way of life and attitude to life

The Four Noble Truths
The framework of the Four Noble Truths – the illness, the cause of the illness, the truth that there is an end to the illness, and the prescription

Tanha – the different types of craving and how they lead to suffering: craving for sense pleasures, craving to be rid of something and craving for re-becoming; the root of tanha in ignorance and the pointlessness of trying to fulfil tanha in samsara

Nibbana – the truth of the end of craving and the end of dukkha arising from it; contrasts between samsara and nibbana; the experience of the arahant in this world and beyond death

The implications of these ideas for the Buddhist way of life and attitude to life

The Four Noble Truths
The framework of the Four Noble Truths – the illness, the cause of the illness, the truth that there is an end to the illness, and the prescription

Tanha – the different types of craving and how they lead to suffering: craving for sense pleasures, craving to be rid of something and craving for re-becoming; the root of tanha in ignorance and the pointlessness of trying to fulfil tanha in samsara

Nibbana – the truth of the end of craving and the end of dukkha arising from it; contrasts between samsara and nibbana; the experience of the arahant in this world and beyond death

The implications of these ideas for the Buddhist way of life and attitude to life

The Eightfold Path
The nature and purpose of the Eightfold Path

In the context of the Eightfold Path:
The nature of wisdom and its importance – right understanding and right thought

The nature of morality and its importance – right speech, right action and right livelihood

The nature of meditation and its importance – right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration

The relationship between wisdom, morality and meditation, and the ways in which they contribute to the path to enlightenment

The Sangha
The Sangha as refuge

The monastic community – its nature and discipline

The lay community – its life and discipline

The relationship between the monastic and lay community, and the relative importance of each as a path to enlightenment

The context of John’s Gospel
• The relationship between John and the synoptic gospels
• The Christian context, the Early Church
• The Greek and Jewish context from which John draws

The nature, role and purpose of the discourses in John’s Gospel
• ‘I am the Bread of Life’, John 630–58
• ‘I am the Light of the World’, John 812–19 and 91–41
• ‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’, John 111–44
• ‘I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life’, John 141–7
• ‘I am the True Vine’, John 151–17

The nature, role and purpose of signs in John’s Gospel
• Water to Wine, John 21–11
• Healing of the Officer’s Son, John 446–54
• The Crippled Man, John 51–18
• The Feeding of the Five Thousand, John 61–15

The nature, role and purpose of the passion and resurrection narratives
• John 18–19 Passion narrative
• John 20–21 Resurrection narrative

Medical research and medical developments
• The use of embryos, human cells, medical trials on humans
• The use of animals for medical research
• Brain death, life support systems

Business practice and economics
• Moral management of national economies (macro)
• The moral management of individual companies (micro)
• developed economies vs. the third world
• Approaches to emerging economies, including China and India


Minimum of GCSE grade C or above.

Students are recommended to posses the ability to read and write english to GCSE standards, Mathematics knowledge also to GCSE level and be over 16 years of age. 
 

To sit AQA examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment. Please check availibilty and exam fees direct with a centre of your choice. See list below

Please visit AQA here for exam information 

View a list of UK Exam Centres here

If the centres listed are unable to accomodate you or are unsuitable for any reason we have agreements with 4 centres listed below that may be able to help. It really is worth the effort to travel if need be.

Recommended Exam Centres

English Maths Science Tuition Centre Ltd.
40 Showell Green lane
Sparkhill
Birmingham,
B11 4JP
England
United Kingdom

Tel: 0121-771-1298

info@englishandmaths.com

http://www.englishandmaths.com/Index.php

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3A Tutors Ltd
1A High Street
Staple Hill
Bristol
BS16 5HA

Tel: 0117 9109931

Email: enquiries@3at.org.uk

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Harrogate Tutorial College
2 The Oval
Harrogate
HG2 9BA

Telephone +44(0)1423 501041

E-Mail study@htcuk.org

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Campbell Harris Tutors Ltd
185 Kensington High Street
London
W8 6SH
Telephone 020 7937 0032

Email principal@campbellharris.co.uk

Web Site http://campbellharris.co.uk/Content.asp?ID=18

Note: The contract for sitting exams is between you and the centre and we will provide you with comprehensive instructions on when and how to deal with the examination centre. We advise students to contact 2 or 3 centres and compare charges as they will vary.

From 2014 exams will be taken in June of each year.  Please be advised that all students are advised to check and confirm availability and examination fees prior to enrolment. UK Open College has no control over availabilty or exam fees charged.  


AQA A Level Religious Studies
AS & A2 

UCAS points awarded upon grades achieved.  Visit UCAS here


AQA are one of the largest awarding bodies within the UK. Predominantly aimed at 14-19 year old students sitting A levels and GCSE's for the first time or mature students generally looking to retake or achieve UCAS points for a university application. AQA provides students with a fully recognised qualification as provided by any further education college.

To sit AQA examination students must register as a private candidate with an approved examination centre prior to enrolment. Please check availability and exam fees direct with your chosen centre.

Please visit AQA here for exam information 

The contract for sitting exams is between you and the centre and we will provide you with comprehensive instructions on when and how to deal with the examination centre. From 2014 exams will be taken in June of each year.  Please be advised that all students are advised to check and confirm availability and examination fees prior to enrolment. UK Open College has no control over availability or exam fees charged. 

 

 


Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 700. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic! 

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side. Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual.

Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 24 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.

 


Course materials are provided in paper format and delivered direct to your door within 7 days of enrolment.

Recommended Reading

The Bible: Revised Standard Version

The New Testament: Proclamation and Parenesis, Myth and History, 3rd Ed. (Duling
& Perrin) Harcourt Brace Publishers, 1994

Buddhist Scriptures: Edward Conze- Penguin Classics (1959)

The New Testament Proclamation and Parenesis, Myth and History, 3rd edition

"Religious Studies" (Second Edition) "AQA Religious Studies: Ethics AS" and "AQA Religious Studies: Ethics A2" 

 


A Levels are changing. Please note students enrolling onto A Levels this year will need to have completed their examinations by June 2016. There is no flexibilty on this and we are unable to extend beyond this period. Any student wishing to continue after this will be required to re-register and pay the course fees again in full.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 – Introduction to Religious Studies
Each unit:
• 50% of AS Level
• 25% of A2 Level
• Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes
• 90 marks
Students study any two units from a choice of eleven available. In each unit, students answer two essay questions from a choice of four.

Unit 3: Studies in Religion
• 25% of A Level
• Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
• 100 marks
Students study one unit from a choice of eight available. Two structured essay questions from a choice of four.

Unit 4: Religion and Human Experience
• 25 % of total A Level
• Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
Students study one topic from one unit from a choice of three available. One extended essay.

Past Papers

Visit AQA website and download past sample exam papers click here

Exam Format
A Level Religious Studies consists of 4 units in total:
AS Level = 2 units
A2 Level = 2 units

AS Level
Unit 1 and Unit 2 – Introduction to Religious Studies
Written Examination each unit: 1 hour 15 minutes

A2 Level
Unit 3: Studies in Religion
Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 4: Religion and Human Experience
Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

Recommended Centres

English Maths Science Tuition Centre Ltd.
40 Showell Green lane
Sparkhill
Birmingham,
B11 4JP
England
United Kingdom

Tel: 0121-771-1298

info@englishandmaths.com

http://www.englishandmaths.com/Index.php

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3A Tutors Ltd
1A High Street
Staple Hill
Bristol
BS16 5HA

Tel: 0117 9109931

Email: enquiries@3at.org.uk

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Harrogate Tutorial College
2 The Oval
Harrogate
HG2 9BA

Telephone +44(0)1423 501041

E-Mail study@htcuk.org

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Campbell Harris Tutors Ltd
185 Kensington High Street
London
W8 6SH
Telephone 020 7937 0032

Email principal@campbellharris.co.uk

Web Site http://campbellharris.co.uk/Content.asp?ID=18

Please visit AQA for exam information.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/admin/p_private.php

The contract for sitting exams is between you and the centre and we will provide you with comprehensive instructions on when and how to deal with the examination centre. From 2014 exams will be taken in June of each year. 2013 provides the final opportunity to take exams in January. There is no flexibilty to take exams at any other time.



 


​In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here. 

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So lets explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding. 

Firstly we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 7 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid. 

All returns must remain unused and in resaleable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations 2000. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 7 days as above. Unfortunately if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 01827 283735 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call 

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