Philosophy and Ethics (Religious Studies)

What do I need to study the course?

 

GCSE grade C or above in Religious Studies.  A competent command of English and a grade C or above in GCSE English Literature / Language.

 

What does the course involve?

Do you have an inquiring mind?

Do you relish the idea of discussing the things that really matter to you and trying to bring people round to your way of thinking? Are you interested in the relationships between religion, society, politics law, ethics and the media?

 

We look at religious beliefs and practices in an objective, open-minded and exploratory way, encouraging debate and enabling you to step imaginatively into the shoes of religious believers.  We also encourage you to step back in order to analyse and evaluate the main ideas and characteristic ways of life of religious believers.

 

Year 12 and 13 students will study three components:

 

Component 1 - Religion (Christianity)

  • The concept of God/gods/ultimate reality; Sources of wisdom and authority; Self death and the afterlife; Good conduct and key moral principles; Religion and Science; Religion and Secularisation; Religion, gender and sexuality.

 

Component 2 - Philosophy of Religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God (The Design, Cosmological and Ontological arguments); The concept of evil and suffering; The nature of Religious Experience; Miracles; The concept of the self and life after death.

 

Component 3 - Ethics

  • Normative ethics (Natural Moral Law; Situation Ethics and Virtue Ethics); Issues of human life and death and non-human life and death; Meta Ethics (Divine Command Theory, Utilitarianism and Intuitionism ); Free Will, Conscience and Moral Responsibility.

 

Students complete two examination papers at the end of the A2 year (unless dropping the course at the end of AS).  There is no coursework for this qualification.

 

What next?

As a sound Humanities A' Level course, Philosophy and Ethics could lead onto further study in a range of subjects and be useful in a variety of careers.  Many students could follow this course with a degree in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theology, Sociology or Psychology.  Students find the skills and knowledge gained from Philosophy and Ethics useful in areas such as journalism, social care, the army, child care, the police, probation work, counselling, teaching, nursing and human resources.

 

Exam Board: AQA

Links & Resources

Abbey Multi Academy Trust,

c/o Chapter House,

Abbey Grange Church of England Academy,

Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 257877

enquiries@abbeytrust.org

Bishop Young Academy

Bishops Way

Seacroft

Leeds

LS14 6NU

 

Tel: 0113 273 9100  Fax: 0113 273 4216

info@bishopyoungacademy.co.uk

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