13 Feb Revised subject content for GCSE, AS and A Level RS from 2016 announced!
The DfE released the final subject content for GCSE, AS and A Level Religious Studies yesterday. GCSE is more or less unchanged but AS/A Level has been transformed! The responses of colleagues were crucial in causing the DfE to abandon the idea of putting a maximum of 50% weight on the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, forcing most people to spend at least 50% of their A Level studying either a Religion or Texts.
- For the first time ALL candidates will have to study EITHER the Philosophy of Religion OR Ethics… even if their school opts for studying a religion AND texts
- For the first time NOBODY will be able to take a narrow course offering ONLY Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, but must include at least 33.3% textual study or study of a religion.
We welcome this development wholeheartedly. Indeed, it is very close to what we proposed in the Alternative A Level Proposal.
The content of AS and A Level, although still not ideal, is much better than it was!
- Nobody will be forced to study diets and dress-codes in Year 13!
- Philosophy of Religion includes Religious Experience as well as arguments & challenges at AS Level
- Ethics has been increased from 2 to three approaches and meta-ethics has been restored.
- Text content is much clearer
All the elements require an in-depth comparison of the ideas of two scholars for the full A Level.
We have produced the following graphic to summarize the long documents…