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Religious Studies at St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College

Course description

 

A modern Theology course explores challenging questions and will be of interest to students with lively, enquiring minds who enjoy discussing ultimate questions on the meaning and purpose of life, as well as the controversial issues of our time
 
A Level Theology combines well with History, English and other
Arts or Humanities A Level subjects. The course also has quite strong links with sciences like Physics, Biology and Psychology and Sociology.
 
The qualification in Christian Theology is highly regarded by many Arts and Humanities Faculties at University. Many Colleges of Higher Education, as well as most of the traditional Universities, offer degree courses in Theology or Religious Studies and Philosophy. For those interested in teaching, A Level Theology is an excellent choice, given the real shortage of specialists in this area. There are, however, many other career paths where an understanding of the history of ideas, a capacity to think independently and to reach decisions based on sound moral judgements will be highly valued. Examples include communications, the media, personnel work, the caring services and business administration.

Course content

 

AS—PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: G571
 
• Ancient Greek influences or philosophy
of religion.
• Judaeo Christian influences on
philosophy of religion.
• Traditional arguments for the existence of
God.
• Challenges to religious belief.
 
AS—RELIGIOUS ETHICS: G572
 
• Ethical Theories: Natural Law
Kantian Ethics
Utilitarianism
Religious Ethics
• Applied Ethics—above theories applied
to: Abortion
Euthanasia
Genetic
Engineering
War and Peace
 
A2—PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION: G581
 
• Religious Language—eg, via negative.
• Experience and Religion—Revelation.
• Nature of God—Problem of Evil.
• Life and Death—Plato, Aristotle,
Dawkins.
• Miracle—Hume, Wiles, Criticisms.
 
A2—RELIGIOUS ETHICS: G582
 
• Meta-ethics—use of ethical language.
• Freewill and Determinism—Darrow,
Hune and Locke.
• Conscience—Aquinas, Butler,
Newman, Piaget.
• Virtue Ethics—Aristotle.
• Applied ethics to:
Environmental)
Business ) Ethics
Sexual )
 
As these modules are taken over two years
of the course, it is possible to improve a
modular mark by re-sitting any one (or more)
modular examinations in January.

 

Entry requirements

Minimum B at RE GCSE and English Language

Assessment

 

AS x 2—1½ hour exams:
i) Philosophy
ii) Ethics
A2 x 2—1½ hour exams:
i) Philosophy
ii) Ethics
Exams available in January and June of the
academic year, with January providing a ‘resit’
opportunity for those wishing to improve their
grade.

Future opportunities

Many career paths are possible including law, medicine, police, social work and other public sector professions

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 09 January 2015
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