Religious Studies and Theology
A-Level Teaching Staff
Mr. P. G. Duffy, B.A. (Hons.) Theol. MPhil, PGCE, SBL. (Head of Department)
Mrs. C. Hearty, B.Ed (Hons.) Divinity and English
The Religious Studies and Theology Department at St Mary's is a strong department both academically and pastorally. Each member of the department teaches throughout the school and only teaches Religious Studies and Theology. Two full time staff and two part-time contributors to the Department, deliver Religious Studies and Theology.
A Level Religious Studies and Theology
The Religious Studies and Theology Specification followed is designed to support a course of study which is suitable for candidates from all religious backgrounds or none. The specification is to enable candidates to:
Develop an interest in ‘enthusiasm for a rigorous' study of religion.
Treat the subject as an academic discipline
by developing knowledge and understanding
that is appropriate to a specialist study of religion.
Use an inquiring, critical and empathetic
approach to the study of religion.
The department has strong links with departments of theology at major universities in this country in particular the University of Oxford and offers expertise and ongoing research. The Head of Department is a Farmington Fellow of the Farmington Institute, Harris Manchester College Oxford. The department has an established number of students who have gone on to study Theology and Theology and Philosophy at Oxford and other regional universities In addition Religious Studies in the sixth form can be the gateway to many university courses, including Medicine, Law, Journalism, the Armed Services, Teaching, Government and Management, to name a few.
The A-Level Specification (OCR)
AS Religious Ethics (Unit G572)
Absolute and Relative Ethics
Applied Issues - Medical Ethics (abortion, euthanasia, the right to life, the right to a child, genetic engineering and embryonic research) and War and Peace.
AS Developments in Christian Theology (Unit G575)
Foundations of Christian Theology: Knowledge of God, God and Creation, Christology, Hermeneutics
A2 Religious Ethics (Unit G582)
Freewill and Determinism
The Nature of Conscience
Applied Issues - Environmental and Business Ethics and Sexual Ethics
A2 Developments in Christian Theology (Unit G585)
Theology of Religions: Feurbach and Smart, Barth, Hick and Rahner
For a more comprehensive breakdown of each section of the course please visit http://www.ocr.org.uk/ and identify each unit by name and number as given above.
All students who do not wish to undertake A-Level Religious Studies follow a minimum of two periods of General Religious Studies per week as a requirement of the sixth form. This includes participation in an extensive outreach programme.