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Religious Studies (Philosophy) A level at South Downs College

Course description

Religious Studies is for students who wish to study the fundamental nature of the philosophical and ethical arguments central to all religions.

It gives the student a thorough grounding in how to undertake academic study in a broad range of subjects, and can help develop our own personal beliefs and lives.

This is a very challenging and rewarding subject that requires genuine interest, commitment and the essential need to read and assess complex material independently.

Course content

In Year 1 you will study three units.

Unit 1: PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

This will analyse the influences of Ancient Greek (Plato & Aristotle) & Judaeo-Christian influences of arguments for God’s existence and challenges to these arguments.

Unit 2: RELIGION & ETHICS:

This will study various ethical theories about whether moral action can be linked to absolute or relative arguments (e.g. is it always wrong to kill?). You will also study issues around Natural Law (e.g. does everything exist for a purpose?) and the core ethical theory of the philosopher Kant (e.g. do we have a duty to act in certain ways?).

Unit 3: DEVELOPMENTS IN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT:  

This will cover a number of relevant issues central to one major religion including its beliefs, values, teachings, historical context and influences in society.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.

Assessment

Three Two Hour exams on each of the units above.

Future opportunities

A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2016

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