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Religious Studies A Level at Queen Katharine Academy

Course description

AS Religious Ethics

Ethical theories:

Students are supported in the acquisition of knowledge and development of understanding in the following areas and encouraged to critically appraise their value, strengths and weaknesses:

The concepts of absolutist and relativist morality;

What it means to call an ethical theory absolutist and objective; relativist and subjective;

The terms deontological and teleological.

Natural Law

Kantian ethics

Utilitarianism

Religious ethics – a study of the ethics of the religion chosen by the candidate

Applied Ethics:

Students will apply their understanding of natural law; Kantian ethics, utilitarianism and religious ethics to the following topics:

Abortion; the right to a child

Euthanasia

Genetic engineering

War and Peace

 

A2 Religious Ethics

Ethical Topics and Theories:

Students are supported in the acquisition of knowledge and development of understanding in the following areas and encouraged to critically appraise their value, strengths and weaknesses:

Meta-ethics

Free will and determinism

Nature and Role of the Conscience

Virtue Ethics

Applied Ethics

Students will apply their understanding of he ethical theories of natural Law, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, religious ethics and virtue ethics to the following topics:

Environmental and business ethics

Sexual ethics

Course content

AS Religious Ethics: Natural Law, Immanuel Kant, Utilitarianism, Religious Ethics; these theories are then applied to issues involved in Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering, War and Peace.

AS Islam: Pre-Islamic Arabia, the life of Muhammad, beliefs about God, Surahs 1 and 96, the Quran, the Five Pillars of Islam, Worship and the Mosque

A2 Religious Ethics: Meta Ethics, Free Will and Determinism, Conscience, Virtue Ethics; these theories are then applied to issues involved in Environmental Ethics, Business Ethics, Sexual Ethics.

A2 Islam: Surah 4, beliefs about God, Muslim Life, Jihad, the Ummah, the Development of Islam, Sunni, Shia and Sufi, Islam in the Western World.

Entry requirements

You'll need 5 A* to C's or equivalent preferably including Maths and English. 

Assessment

AS Students will study 2 components and A2 students 3 components

Assessment is by exams only, there is no coursework. -

AS candidates will take two exams at the end of the year.

A2 candidates will take four exams at the end of two years.

Future opportunities

Recent Religious Studies students from Voyager have gone on to study a variety of degree courses such as Law at Leicester University and at Leicester De Montfort; Education Studies at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, Leicester De Montfort University and Sheffield Hallam University; American Studies at Swansea University; Sociology at Kingston University, London; Biomedical Sciences at Leeds Metropolitan University; International Relations at Leicester University; Contour Design at Leicester De Montfort.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 15 November 2015
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