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Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies A Level at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Philosophy raises important questions about ourselves and our place in the world. This course will give you the opportunity to discover and discuss new and challenging ideas. Many will relate to day-to-day life, whilst others will stretch your imagination. Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies will develop the techniques of analysis, critical thinking, clear expression and coherent argument, each of which are essential to other academic subjects and to everyday life. 

Course content

Topics you will study at AS: 

Unit 1: An Introduction to the Study of Religion

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes 15% of qualification 60 marks

Learners will be assessed on one of the following options from a choice of six:

Option A: Christianity
Option B: Islam
Option C: Judaism
Option D: Buddhism
Option E: Hinduism
Option F: Sikhism

 Note: With one exception, for A level learners, the religion chosen for AS Unit 1 must also be studied for A level Unit 3.

The only exception being that A level learners who study Unit 1 Option A: Christianity for AS can study either Unit 3 Option A: Christianity for A level or Unit 6: Textual Studies (New Testament).

 This unit provides the opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and critical understanding of some of the key features of a world religion, ranging from religious figures to religious practices.

This unit includes the study of the following content:

  • sources of wisdom and authority including, where appropriate, scripture and/or sacred texts and how they are used and treated, key religious figures and/or teachers and their teachings
  • religious beliefs, values and teachings, in their interconnections and as they vary historically and in the contemporary world, including those linked to the nature and existence of God, gods or ultimate reality, the role of the community of believers, key moral principles, beliefs about the self, death and afterlife, beliefs about the meaning and purpose of life
  • practices that shape and express religious identity, including the diversity of practicewithin a tradition. The following grids exemplify how the required content has been developed in a clear and concise way into four themes:

 Unit 2: An Introduction to Religion and Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion.

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 25% of qualification 120 marks

Section A: An Introduction to Religion and Ethics

This section provides the opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and a critical understanding of key ethical concepts and theories, ranging from moral absolutism to Utilitarianism.

 This Section includes the study of the following content:

  • ethical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in religion and ethics
  • three normative ethical theories such as deontological, teleological or character based ethics (at least two of which must be religious approaches)
  •  the application of ethical theory to two personal, societal or global issues of importance, including religious ethical perspectives.

Section B: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion.

This section provides the opportunity for learners to acquire and develop knowledge and a critical understanding of some of the key features of fundamental philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for the existence of God to religious experience.

This Section includes the study of the following content:

  • philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief including at leastthree contrasting arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, gods or ultimate reality
  • philosophical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in the philosophy of religion
  • challenges to religious belief such as the problems of evil and suffering
  •  the nature and influence of religious experience. 

Entry requirements

WHAT IS THE ENTRY PROCESS?

Successful application and interview.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Full level 2

FURTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

A minimum of 5 GCSE's achieved at grade C or above to include English/English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above.

Offers subject to a satisfactory School Report. 

 Awarding body WJEC. 

Assessment

Assessment as detailed above.

Future opportunities

This course will equip you with a sound basis for further study of philosophy in higher-level courses, and develop useful analytical and interpretative skills for a variety of professions including Law, Journalism, Civil service, Education, Business and IT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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