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A Level Religious Studies at Wadebridge School

Course description

Ethics
Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Religious Teaching on the Nature and Value of Human Life, and Abortion and Euthanasia.

World Religion - Buddhism I
Samsara and The Three Marks of Existence, The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, The Sangha.

World Religion - Buddhism II
Themes in Mayhayana Buddhism, Aspects of Buddhist Philosophy, Meditation and Buddhist ethics.

Ways of Moral Decision-Making
Religious teaching and ethical systems applied to medical research and medical developments.  

Entry requirements

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. In addition, a Grade B or above in Religious Education and English is required.

Assessment

Debates/discussion on up-to-date ethical issues.

Relevant videos/documentaries/news articles.

Group work on presentations, posters etc.

Creative revision techniques.

Practising exam questions.

Future opportunities

RS is conducive to a number of higher education courses; such as English, History, Sociology, Philosophy and Politics.  In RS you will develop skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, communication and debate.  These are useful in a number of careers; from teaching or youth work, to journalism or government.  If you are thinking of a career in Law or Medicine, then an RS A-Level is looked upon favourably.  In addition, RS is an obvious benefit to anyone who wishes to work or travel abroad. 

Further information

Independent Study Time:

A successful RS student will have a keen interest in, and desire to understand, human diversity, different cultures and world views.  They should have an enquiring, critical and reflective approach, and be willing to evaluate different systems for determining what is right and what is wrong!  They should also be keen to debate current ethical issues (abortion, euthanasia embryology and medical research) and reflect on their own values, opinions and attitudes. 

Students are expected to keep up-to-date with developments and laws surrounding the ethical issues studied - e.g. by studying the news and relevant documentaries.  They will also need to develop their knowledge of Buddhism, and its relation to the wider world, through independent research from books and the internet.  As well as this, they will need to complete practice exam questions on a regular basis to develop writing and communication skills. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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