Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Religious Studies Department

The aim of the Religious Studies Department is to educate and nurture in Faith, our young students so that they can become strong, moral faith filled women and take their place in society to become the women that God wanted them to be.

Academically the pursuit of knowledge and understanding in RS is rigorous. Students perform well at all key stages and enjoy an interfaith relationship within the Sixth Form in General RS.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Five

AS Level Religious Studies - OCR Code: H173 - Specifications
A2 Level Religious Studies - OCR Code: H572 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

The course requires students to be enthusiastic, critical, empathetic yet disciplined and willing to pursue a course of academic rigour and critical analysis. Both the AS course in Year 12 and the A2 course in Year 13 require candidates to study Philosophy of Religion (G581) and Religious Ethics (G582). The AS Philosophy and Ethics papers are examined as two distinct papers and equally contribute to the AS grade. The A2 course draw the Philosophy and Religious Ethics together and the connections between these two disciplines are discretely highlighted within the written essays examined. The course content is varied and includes as follows:

AS Level
  • Philosophy.
  • Greek philosophy of Plato and Aristotle.
  • The concept of God as creator.
  • Classical arguments.
  • The problem of evil.
  • Science and religion.
  • Ethics.
  • Ethical theories.
  • Natural law.
  • Kantian and religious Ethics, including applied ethics relating to issues such as genetic engineering and Euthanasia.
A2 Level
  • Philosophy.
  • Life after Death.
  • Revelation and Holy Scripture.
  • Religious Experience.
  • The Nature of God.
  • Religious Language.
  • Ethics.
  • Virtue ethics.
  • Free-Will and determinism.
  • Environmental and business ethics.
  • Sexual ethics.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

AS Level

There are two examined units; two structured questions must be answered for each unit. Both examined units are one hour and 30 minutes long.

A Level

There are two examined units; two structured questions must be answered for each unit. The examination papers are one hour and 30 minutes long.

Progression - How will the study of Religious Studies benefit students’ future education and career?

  • Religious Studies deepens your understanding of your faith and provides you with a basis for nurturing your spirituality and your values throughout life.
  • This subject is of great benefit for any career but particularly teaching, law, media, journalism or the caring professions.
  • Your study of moral and social issues are also valued by the medical profession.
  • Through this subject you will develop your ability to read, understand and analyse written texts and learn to evaluate critically

Students may wish to use the A Level qualification as a route to embark on a number of degree courses such as Law, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Economics, Politics, Philosophy and Theology

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • RS Film Club on Wednesdays after school 3.20-4.30.
  • Light-fever: adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Lunchtime on Thursdays.
  • Discussion/ Faith group TBC.