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Religious Studies at The Joseph Rowntree School

Course description

AS UNIT 1 - RSS01 ETHICS
This involves the study two ethical theories - Situation Ethics - looking at what is the most loving thing to do, and Utilitarianism - looking at the greatest good for the greatest number. We will apply these theories to different ethical situations, like genetic modification, embryo research etc. You will also study the nature and value of life, and abortion and euthanasia - also applying both Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism.

AS UNIT 2 - RSSO3 PHILOSOPHY
In this unit you will study arguments for the existence of God, looking at the Cosmological Argument - and the need for something to have caused the universe; different types of religious experience, including visions and conversions; atheism and postmodernism and the psychology of religion thinking about to what extent religion is a product of the mind.

A2 UNIT 1 RST3B PHILOSOPHY OF
RELIGION
In this unit you will study additional arguments for the existence of God. Looking at the Ontological argument - looking at the very idea of God; the problem of religious language - can language actually describe God in a satisfactory way? Body, soul and personal identity, thinking about the idea of a soul and life after death, and the problem of evil and suffering - understanding the different types of evil and the suffering that man faces and how this argument can be used to disprove the idea of a loving God.

A2 UNIT 2 RST4A LIFE, DEATH and BEYOND
In this unit you will study the nature and value of human life, eschatological and apocalyptic teaching - to do with the end of time, the importance of the present life, and life after death; beliefs about death and beyond and you will use the skills and knowledge you have developed over both AS and A2 to answer questions on these topics.

Entry requirements

To be successful at A-Level, students need to achieve an average points score of 38, which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A*-C

The AS and A2 allows students to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained in Religious Studies at GCSE, and a minimum of a C grade at GCSE is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Joseph Rowntree School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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