AS and A Level OCR Religious Studies Course Companions

Simplify your planning, cover all spec points, and prepare your class for the AS or A Level exam with these definitive companions to the 2016 OCR Religious Studies specification.

Comprehensive and student-friendly notes for every topic in varied, easy-to-digest formats.

  • Follows the spec order exactly in manageable sections – simple to slot into your scheme of work
  • Special focus on analytical skills, including strengths and weaknesses of debates, to hit AO2 marks
  • Key terms defined throughout to familiarise religious and philosophical terminology

Plenty of opportunities for consolidation and engagement throughout – ensure students use their new knowledge.

  • Including starter activities, active learning tasks, discussion questions, research activities, exam-prep exercises, quizzes with answers, and more!
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7707)
'Great support for teachers and students alike... it is great in providing a balanced overview of the course, with a good balance of detail and activities. I liked the fact that examples were used throughout the text, for example the secondary precepts used in conjunction with Catholic Church teachings. There is also good use of stretch and challenge opportunities... I liked the use of discussion activities, such as the list of actions for students to try and universalise without contradiction and that the distinction between perfect and imperfect duties is explained in regards to contraction, which a lot of resources skip over... I also really liked that headings were phrased as questions, which should challenge students to think for themselves and build the critical thinking skills needed for the course and help them when it comes time to answer these types of questions in exams... The examples used in business ethics are really good as I find that this is an area students can find quite ‘dry’... This resource spans attainment levels. Offering an overview for students with none to a limited knowledge base, whilst also giving added detail to those students who may have some knowledge from the GCSE year. The independent tasks and stretch and challenge will mean that students of all abilities will find the resource useful... It's got a good balance of text and illustrations. The fact that the text is broken up throughout means it won’t put students off and will be really helpful for revision, when students want to find information quickly... It follows the specification really closely and each key point is covered directly. The fact that the headings for the problems of each theory directly correlates with the wording of the specification is going to be invaluable for students when it comes to revision and for teachers when it comes to planning lessons to make sure that nothing is missed... the research tasks offer a platform for guided independent learning. The writing tasks and discussion prompts will be a valuable help for teachers in planning lessons and homework.' – R Jowett, Philosophy Teacher, Private Tutor & Independent Reviewer
'An excellent resource, it is clearly written and very informative. There is a good range of examples and I think that the layout would be very accessible for students of all abilities... the content is very clear and flows well... the examples provided are very helpful and would provide useful examples in an exam question. I also like the references to key texts within the book which are clearly signposted. In addition the material is suitable for all abilities of students... I think it would make a superb revision guide for students and is better than many of the revision guides I have seen so far. It could also be used as a student activity book with students completing the activities and reading relevent sections as a homework task.' – S Rann, Head of RE & Independent Reviewer
'A useful resource that covered all aspects of the specification needed... I liked the stretch and challenge sections as I believe these are useful extras for students aiming for the high marks... it is well written and clearly explained... It covers all the key knowledge first then goes on to discuss key issue points that are raised in the specification... This is useful for students as it develops their AO2, which is a much needed skill for this specification. There are also useful discussion points to help further understanding and basic knowledge tests to check understanding, it is useful the answers have been provided for students... The philosopher boxes were a useful addition both to provide background knowledge and to signify key philosophers and the start of a new section of ethical theory.' – R Swindell, RS Teacher & Independent Reviewer