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Religious Studies - Philosophy and Ethics AS/A Level 3 (Block A) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

The most important skills that you require are the ability to write a good essay and be able to analyse different sources and points of view. This means that you can structure your work and understand and extract key points from the sources.

Course content

Year 1/AS

This course has three units, Philosophy (AS course and Year 1 of the A level) will look at the nature and influence of religious experiences, and consider issues such as the Ontological, Cosmological and Design arguments and the problems of evil and suffering. The Ethics course will look at environmental issues and equality as well as ethical theories by philosophers Aquinas, Bentham and Mill and how these can be applied to ethical situations such as war and peace and sexuality. The New Testament Studies course will examine the synoptic gospels, St John’s Gospel, miracles and the relationship of Jesus’ work as influenced by 1st Century Palestine.

Year 2

In the second year the Philosophy course will look at religious language, the work of scholars such as Freud and Marx with regard to religious beliefs, the immortality of the soul such as reincarnation and resurrection, and religion and science. The second part of the Ethics course will look at meta-ethics, Kantian deontology and Aristotelian Virtue Ethics. We will consider medical ethics such as embryology, abortion, stem cell research and euthanasia. The New Testament Studies course will look at ways of interpreting the Bible, St John’s Gospel, Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and the ethical teachings of Jesus using Biblical teachings and parables.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Religious Studies, if taken, and a Grade 6 in GCSE English.

Future opportunities

University requirements

Philosophy and Ethics are highly valued by universities and other Higher Education establishments as they demonstrate your ability to study and gain insight into other areas of thought which are relevant to the understanding of human life, culture and behaviour. Philosophy and Ethics are traditional university subjects which can provide a considerable amount of valuable background knowledge to the study of other subjects which can include English Literature, Art, History, Sociology, Psychology and Medicine.

Typical offers: Manchester – ABB – BBB; Oxbridge – A*AA; Kent - BBB

You could go on to do a degree in: Philosophy or Religious Studies; Social Science; Medical Ethics; Political Science; International Studies, Politics and History; Politics, Economics, Philosophy; Anthropology; Ethics; Religious and Philosophical Education with Secondary Teaching; History & Philosophy of Science; Theology and Religious Studies; Philosophy, Ethics and Religion; Biblical Studies and Philosophy; Theology; Archaeology

Career Options: Civil Service; Teacher; Medicine; Medical Research; Psychologist (with Psychology); Counsellor (with Psychology); Journalism; Probation Officer; Management

Further information

A course in Philosophy and Ethics always develops English skills because of the large amount of reading and writing involved. There are plenty of opportunities to discuss and debate issues that are raised by the course. Group work as well as individual presentations is encouraged and thinking skills and personalised learning are important. This course will stretch and challenge you and help to develop your full potential.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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