Religion, Philosophy and Ethics AS/A Level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College
The course covers three areas equally: religion, philosophy and ethics. One religion must be studied out of six possible choices: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, covering the beliefs in that religious tradition with regard to the nature of God, the after-life and the role religious authority plays. We then look at how believers in this particular religion might respond to various philosophical questions such as does God exist? Why do people suffer and can miracles happen? Lastly we consider how religion deals with ethical questions such as sexual identity and the value of human life versus animal life, and compare this approach with atheistic theories like Utilitarianism. We use multi media including film and TV, and interactive white boards. We visit places of religious and cultural interest and have use a range of learning techniques to ensure that everyone can participate, progress and achieve.
You should have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, and this should include English Language and a B grade in a subject requiring extended writing (for example English Language or Literature, History, Religious Studies). GCSE Religious Studies (Short or Full Course) is helpful however it is not necessary.
All modules require written communication skills, logic, the ability to select relevant information, interpret evidence, evaluate critically and express complex arguments. Homework is set on a regular basis and will involve written work, research, presentations, worksheets, learning and preparation for discussions. Assessment is at the end of the course. For AS level this is after one year and consists of two exams of one hour and forty-five minutes each worth 90 marks For A level this takes place after two years and consists of two exams of three hours each worth 100 marks.
This subject is accepted by all British Universities as an academic subject and is particularly useful for courses in History, Theology and Religious Studies, English, Sociology, Psychology, Law and Teaching. It is an accepted qualification for progression onto primary teaching. Students who have continued their studies in this subject at university (either the philosophy or the religion side) are now working in a wide range of careers including teaching, social work, psychology, law, hotel management, personnel management, the civil service, police and the armed forces.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hartlepool Sixth Form College directly.