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A Level Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at Bournemouth School for Girls

Course description

A Level Religious Studies, or ‘Philosophy & Ethics' as it has become known, is a traditional and well regarded subject, due to its challenging subject matter and relevant application to a variety of careers and subjects. We take students from the full range of interests; those wanting answers to ultimate questions, others who want to complement their studies in Social Sciences and Humanities, and students who want a contrast with their work in the Sciences and Mathematics. Regardless of their background or approach, all the students who study this course will be looking at concepts such as the nature of existence, moral decision making and the existence of a god.

We aim to further develop our students' decision making and essay writing skills, and studying this course will also help with other important skills such as rational assessment, critical analysis, comparing evidence and generating counter arguments. Such skills are highly valued, and are of great use to students considering careers in Politics, Media, Law, Medicine, Social Services, Publishing, Retail, or Education.

Course content

AS Level

UNIT B: RSS02: Religion & Ethics Description of Subject Content
  • Kantian ethics
  • Natural law & ethics
  • Religious views of the created world
UNIT C: Philosophy of Religion Description of Subject Content
  • The cosmological arguments
  • Psychology & religion
  • Atheism and post modernism

A2 Level

UNIT 3A: RST3A: Religion & Ethics

Description of Subject Content

  • Free will & determination
  • Virtue ethics
  • Religious views on sexual behaviour and human relationships
UNIT 4A: RST4A: Religious Ethics 2

Description of Subject Content

  • Either
    Topic I Life, Death & Beyond
    OR Topic II Perceptions of Ultimate Reality
    OR Topic III Religious Experience

Entry requirements

Anyone with a genuine motivation to study at this level would be welcome to take up this course. A GCSE in Religious Studies is not a prerequisite, but, as a rough guide, good grades (B or higher) in a Humanities subject would be an indication of suitability for the course. Students do not need a religious conviction-indeed, many of our students are not religious, but treat the subject matter as a rigorous academic challenge.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015
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