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A Level Religious Studies at North Oxfordshire Academy

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics A level enables you to acquire skills of reasoning and evaluation, which are essential to many occupations. This is a skill that has huge benefits and will carry across into all areas of life, including the workplace. Employers and institutions of Higher Education recognise AS/A Level Philosophy and Ethics as a challenging and worthwhile academic subject in its own right and a suitable springboard to a wide range of degree courses and careers.

Philosophy and Ethics could be the course for you if you like to:

  •  Compare and develop your own ideas with the greatest thinkers of the last 2500 years.
  •  Examine different understandings of the metaphysical, like the nature of Good & Evil and what could be behind the universe.
  •  Contrast the development of modern ideas in psychology and sociology with those inherited from early Religious and Philosophical thinkers.
  •  Apply the vast array of skills you learn and understanding you develop to today‚Äôs most pressing social and ethical issues.

Over the two year course you will cover topics such as: Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God, Ancient Greek Influences on Religious Philosophy, Challenges to Religious Belief, understanding religious texts and a wide range of issues relating to ethical questions.

Course content

The course is made up in total of four units. There are two compulsory units for the AS and an additional two units for the complete A-Level. The units are all externally assessed through exams

Entry requirements

To do this course, you will need: 5 A*-C at GCSE including a B grade or above in English Language due to the high level of written communication needed.

Future opportunities

In combination with other A levels, Philosophy and Ethics A level provides progression to many different careers such as: Lecturer, Counsellor, Police Office, Lawyer, Religious Leader, Teacher, Youth Worker, Charity Manager, Fundraiser, Volunteer Organiser, Management and any field where difficult ethical decisions need to be made. It is also highly valued for many degree courses that require a critical and evaluative mindset, such as: English, Philosophy, Theology, Business, Sociology and Psychology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Oxfordshire Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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