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Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) A Level (Block A) at Walton High School

Course description

Aimed At:

Anyone who wishes to consider sciences, medicine, social work, the police force, economics, business etc. beyond the school.  It is also aimed at those who have an interest in matters spiritual and moral or who wish to win arguments by reasoning.  There is no requirement of belief or religious faith of any kind.

Course content

AS – A stand- alone award: The course is modular and has two components at AS.

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

Section A: Philosophy of religion:

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Religious experiences
  • Verifying religious experiences

Section B: Ethics and Religion:

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of natural moral law, situation ethics and virtue ethics to issues of human life and death (embryo research, cloning, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, use of animals as food, in testing, blood sport)

Component 2: The Study of religion (Christianity):

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God
  • Self, death and afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expressions of religious identity

A Level two-year qualification: the course has two components

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

Section A: Philosophy of religion:

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death

 

Section B: Ethics and religion:

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues (Christianity):

Section A

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and pluralisation

Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion

Entry requirements

Appropriate Grades for sixth form, an interest in the general area of philosophy and ethics, at least a Grade C in Religious Education, ideally a Grade B or above plus a Grade 5 in English.

Assessment

AS Level

There is no coursework at AS but there are two examinations in the agreed times. The examinations will contain structured questions and be demanding. You will be expected to show argumentative skills as well as the capacity to demonstrate and manipulate knowledge.

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

The exam tests student’s ability in relation to AO1 and AO2. The paper is divided into two sections:

  • Section A covers philosophy of religion and consists of two compulsory two-part questions, the first part tests AO1 (15 marks) and the second part tests AO2 (15 marks)
  • Section B covers ethics and religion and consists of two compulsory two-part questions. In each two-part question, the first tests AO1 (15 marks) and the second tests AO2 (15 marks)

Component 2: Study of religion

The exam tests students’ ability in relation to AO1 and AO2. The exam covers the study of religion and consists oftwo compulsory two –part questions. In each two-part question the first part tests AO1 (15 marks) and the second part tests AO2 (15 marks)

A Level:

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

  • Written exam – 3 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A level

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

  • Written exam – 3 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A level

Further information

Please select one subject per option block (A, B, C, D and E - listed in Course Title) to ensure there is no clash on your timetable.

By and large most students will follow 3 academic A Levels plus will have the opportunity to add to this with the Extended Project and our Enrichment Programme.

A few students may be able to follow a 4th A Level with advice from our Sixth Form Management team.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walton High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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