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Religious Studies AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at Benenden School *Fees Payable*

Course description

Why Religious Studies?

The thinking skills required within Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, as well as the textual analysis and critical investigative elements of Theology all contribute to a rounded and intellectual approach to life. RS is an extremely popular choice at Benenden and the results are excellent (90% A*/A in 2016.)

 

Course content

AS course content:

A critical and thought-provoking study of philosophy, ethics and religion. Students can opt to sit the AS exam as a stand-alone qualification, or go on to complete the full A Level. 

AL course content:

Students will complete all of the AS units, in addition to the A Level units. This means that students will all study the same content at AS level, whether or not they go on to complete the full A Level

 

Assessment

AS

Unit: Religion and Ethics 

  • Normative ethical theories: Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Natural Moral Law, Kant’s Categorical Imperative
  • Applied ethics: euthanasia, business ethics 

Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes written exam    60 marks     33.33% of the qualification

 

Unit: Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient philosophical influences (Plato & Aristotle)
  • The nature of soul, mind and body (dualism and materialism)
  • Analysis of classical arguments for the existence of God (design, cosmological, ontological, religious experience)
  • The philosophical problem of evil and suffering and proposed solutions

Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes written exam    60 marks    33.33% of the qualification

 

Unit: Developments in Christian Thought

  • Early Christian teachings: Augustine, Aquinas
  • The historical Jesus
  • Christian moral principles and action; Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Exam: 1 hour 15 minutes written exam    60 marks    33.33% of the qualification 

 

A Level

Unit: Religion and Ethics

All AS units, and additionally:

  • Meta-ethical theories: naturalism, intuitionism, emotivism
  • Conscience (a comparison between Aquinas and Freud)
  • Sexual ethics (extra-marital sex and homosexuality)

Exam: 2 hour written exam    120 marks    33.33% of the qualification

 

Unit: Philosophy of Religion 

All AS units, and additionally:

  • The nature and attributes of God
  • Religious language, including verification and falsification debates

Exam: 2 hour written exam    120 marks    33.33% of the qualification 

 

Unit: Developments in Christian Thought

All AS units, and additionally:

  • Religious pluralism and theology
  • Inter-faith dialogue
  • Gender and society: feminist theology
  • The challenge of secularism: atheism and humanism
  • Liberation theology and Marx

Exam: 2 hour written exam   120 marks    33.33% of the qualification

 

Future opportunities

The transferable skills gained through RS are incredibly sought-after in higher education and employment. Students with an RS A Level have pursued careers as diverse as law, the Civil Service, education, the media, publishing, banking and accountancy. RS is also popular with medical school applicants, as it promotes medical ethical awareness and empathy. Benenden RS students frequently win places at Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, who place RS in the top level list of ‘suitable Arts A Levels.’

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Benenden School *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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