A2 in Religious Studies 2061


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A2 in Religious Studies 2061

Students will be examined by AQA in Advanced Subsidiary GCE and Advanced GCE Religious Studies.

The topics which will be studied are Old Testament, New Testament and development in ways of reading and understanding scripture.

The Advanced GCE specification requires students to demonstrate a wide range and depth of knowledge and understanding, a maturity of thought and expression and developed analytical skills.

 This A2 course consists of two units:

  • Unit 3 – RST3E: New Testament Unit 3E
  • Unit 4 – RST4C: Ways of Reading and Understanding Scripture Unit 4C Topic 3

The A2 Units

Unit 3 - New Testament (Unit 3E)

This unit has been designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Units F & G. It explores John’ Gospel in relationship to the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus’ public ministry with particular reference to the ‘I am’ sayings and the meaning and significance of the signs as well as a close investigation of the passion and resurrection narratives

Students must answer two questions from a choice of four

1. The context of John’s Gospel:
Through investigation and analysis of different scholars’ views, students will develop their understanding of the relationship between the Fourth Gospel and the Synoptic Gospels as well as the context, purposes and characteristics of the Gospel

2. The nature, role and purpose of the discourses in John’s Gospel:
Through an in-depth study of the public and private ministry of Jesus with particular focus on the discourses connected with the ‘I am’ sayings, students will gain insight into the evangelist’s understanding of the person of Jesus and his ministry.

3. The nature, role and purpose of signs in John’s Gospel:
Through a critical analysis of the text, students will gain knowledge and understanding of the importance the role played by the signs are in analysing the person of Jesus and his ministry.

4. The nature, role and purpose of the passion and resurrection narratives:
Through studying John 18-21, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of different scholars’ views of the theological message and key teaching about the person of Jesus offered by the evangelist in these key narratives. Specific emphasis will be placed on the historical and salvific nature of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Unit 4 - Ways of Reading and Understanding Scripture:

This unit enables students to consolidate their learning over the previous units by studying one religion and specific scriptures on key aspects, teachings and understanding within that chosen religion. Whilst most students will continue to study within the context of Christianity this is not a requirement

Students must answer one question.

1. Issues of status and translation:
Through a study of relevant text, students will investigate the contrasting views of scholars regarding the nature of scripture as the Word of God or containing the Word of God. Different types of scripture will be examined as well as their historical context and relevance at the time of writing and today.

2. The use and status of scriptures in the religion:
Students will explore the wide variety of ways scripture is used in private devotion and public worship. This investigation will focus on the specific nature of the manner and position scripture is ascribed within different worship contexts as well as its status as a tool for studying.

3. Teaching arising from the scriptures:
From a study of a variety of texts, students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the moral, philosophical and theological teaching that arises from the text with particular emphasis on the relationship between God and man, This relationship could take into account ideas of creation and redemption as well as links to the afterlife. 

4. Approaches to the study of the scriptures:
Students will be able to look at the work of specific scholars from antiquity to the present day and how they have influence teaching on religious thinking and the world today. There will be opportunity to explore whether scholars, theologians and philosophers, who offer criticism of particular texts have the authority to do so whether coming from inside or outside a particular religious tradition. Students will investigate the validity of textual criticism and the relevance of scriptural teaching today both within the secular and sacred.


New Testament Unit 3E (RST3E)
Examination 1hr 30

Ways of Reading and Understanding Scripture Unit 4C Topic 3 (RST4C)  
Examination 1hr 30


What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

January 2013 will be the last January exam period. All future exams will be held during the May - June exam period only.

In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

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