RELIGIOUS STUDIES: PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS Block C at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre
At Homewood we follow the Edexcel course in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. This course studies the philosophy of religion, religious ethics and the New Testament. The course is assessed entirely by external examination, with three exams each year. The exams are a mix of short answer and essay questions from a range of topics covered and researched over the course. Topics investigated include evil, miracles, religious language, sexual ethics, war and peace, arguments for and against the existence of God, utilitarianism and deontology, the person of Jesus, the works of scholars, social and historical context of the New Testament, scientific responses to belief and the importance of authorship. You will be examined at the end of the first year and achieve an AS qualification. Anyone leaving the course at this point will get an AS Level qualification. To achieve the full A Level under the new regulations you will need to take all of the assessed units together at the end of the second year of the course, including a repeat of those taken at the end of Year 12. Your AS grade has no bearing on your final A’ level grade.
5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including 5 in English Language and Literature and ERS or similar subject area. Those failing to meet the entry requirements may be considered following an interview with the department.
You could take this course to complement other Advanced Level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Religious Studies, which could lead you onto Higher Education to study Philosophy, Theology or Religious Studies. Oxford University identified RS as an “academic subject par excellence” and highly regarded by admissions tutors. As with the other humanities, Religious Studies is a good foundation for entering employment as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that most employers are looking for, particularly in sectors where people and ideas are the main focus. Religious Studies and Philosophy are well established and recognised subjects at University with many graduates going into business, management, accountancy, media, journalism and law along with careers where the use of critical evaluation of ideas and communication with people is critical.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre directly.