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Philosophy and Ethics

Subject

Religious Studies A Level

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs 9-4, including English at grade 4 or above. It is desirable that students have attained a 5 in Religious Studies at GCSE.

 

Exam Board

Eduqas

Content relating to the subject qualification

Component 1: The study of one religion from a choice of six:

Option A: Christianity

There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts; religious life; and religious practices.

 

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language.

 

Component 3: Religion and Ethics

There will be four themes within this component (including applied ethics in themes two to four): ethical language; Aquinas' Natural Law; Fletcher's Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism.

Assessment of the qualification

Component 1: A Study of Religion

Written examination: 2 hours- 33⅓% of qualification

 

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

Written examination: 2 hours- 33⅓% of qualification

 

Component 3: Religion and Ethics Written examination: 2 hours- 33⅓% of qualification

 

Career Pathways

Philosophy and Ethics is one of the most respected post 16 examination course accepted at Universities throughout the world.  It is one of the most thought provoking and stimulation A levels.

The pertinent observation is that students who take this subject are analytical and coherent in their ability to argue and justify points of view. As a Philosophy and Ethics student you will be well equipped to enter such professions as Law, Journalism, Mediation, Counselling, Diplomacy, Teaching, Charity and Youth work  as well as in any role where the focus is on community and the best outcome for society is required.

This A level compliments and is complimented by A levels English Literature and Language, Criminology, History and Psychology, though in truth students can quite easily follow any of the Sciences as this gives the ground from which to challenge of the issues raised within Philosophy and Ethics.

Extra-Curricular

The expectation is that students will have the opportunity to attend an A Level Conference in either London or Kent.

There are guest speakers from e.g. Local consultants and presentation by Fr. Tom (Phd Oxford).

Students have the opportunity to visit UKC Philosophy events.