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Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) A level at Edgbarrow School

Course description

The current course will introduce students to philosophy, ethics and issues within contemporary society, such as euthanasia and animal rights.  Students will have the opportunity to examine questions relating to arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, the possibility of life after death and the nature of religious language.  The course will also entail close examination of the effect of media on religion through the study of such programmes as the Simpsons and Eastenders.

Course content

A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the course ranging from active learning, role plays, debates, games, teaching others, as well as the traditional independent learning and essay writing.  Most of these lessons are usually characterised by lots of opportunities for discussion and questioning. 

Unit 1 - An introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, 25% of A Level

Unit 2  - An introduction to Contemporary Society, 25% of A Level

Unit 3 - Philosophy of Religion 25% of A Level. 

Unit 4 - Synoptic paper: Religion & Human Experience; life, life after death and the meaning of life, 25% of  A Level.


Entry requirements

This subject is available to all students with or without Religious Studies qualifications at GCSE level.  However all students will be expected to have achieved at least a B grade or above in English Language and any Humanities subject they may have studied. 

Future opportunities

This qualification is useful for access to a diversity of higher education courses and a wide range of careers.  Anywhere, in fact, where importance is placed on the ability to think clearly and rigorously.  For example, those hoping to become business leaders, bankers or civil servants and any career associated with dealing with people.  The skills developed on this course are generally regarded to be ‘softer’ skills, which are highly favoured by today’s employment market.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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