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Philosophy (Religious Studies) A Level at The Maplesden Noakes School

Course description

The A Level specification contains three components which include a wide range of topics for consideration, including an in-depth and broad study of one of the six major world religions, philosophy of religion, and ethics and religion.


Component 1

Component 1: A Study of Religion
Written examination: 2 hours
33⅓% of qualification
100 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


This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of their chosen religion covering themes ranging from religious figures and sacred texts to practices that shape religious identity.


Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

Written examination: 2 hours
33⅓% of qualification
100 marks
This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for the existence of God to the use of religious language.

This component includes the study of the following content:

  • philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief including at least three contrasting arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, gods or ultimate reality
  • the nature and influence of religious experience
  • challenges to religious belief such as the problems of evil and suffering
  • philosophical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in the philosophy of religion
  • how views of religious language have changed over time; the challenges posed by the verification/falsification debate and language games theory over whether religious language should be viewed cognitively or non-cognitively; and a consideration of at least two different views about religious teachings being understood symbolically and analogically
  • a comparison of the significant ideas presented in works of at least two key scholars selected from the field of the philosophy of religion, and developments in the way these ideas are applied to issues in religion and belief
  • how the philosophy of religion has, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in religious beliefs and practices, ethics or textual interpretation

Component 3: Religion and Ethics

Written examination: 2 hours
33⅓% of qualification
100 marks

This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental ethical themes, ranging from ethical language and thought to freewill and determinism.

This component 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
  • how ethical language in the modern era has changed over time; including a study of meta-ethical theories and significant ideas in religious and moral thought such as free will, conscience or authority
  • a comparison of the significant ideas presented in the works of at least two key scholars selected from the field of religion and ethics, and developments in the way these ideas are applied to significant issues in religion and belief
  • how the study of ethics has, over time, influenced and been influenced by developments in religious beliefs and practices, the philosophy of religion and/or textual interpretation.




 

Entry requirements

Grade 5-9 in GCSE Religious Studies – Philosophy and Ethics, or Grade 5-9 in English Language or Literature.

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Future opportunities

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the further study of Religious Studies, Philosophy or Theology. As with any subject in the area of Humanities, students acquire a great range of skills, such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and the ability to produce extended evaluative pieces of writing.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact the school careers staff or alternatively, please contact  Mrs Hillier on hillier.t@maplesden.kent.sch.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mrs Hillier
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01622 759036

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