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Religion, Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

Year 12
The new OCR specification will enable students to explore three components of study. Philosophy of religion (01), Religion and ethics (02) and Developments in religious thought (04).

Philosophy of religion 01
Within this component students will study the philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief. These include arguments regarding the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and influence of religious experience and the problems of evil and suffering.

Learners will study: Religion and ethics 02
The study of Religion and ethics is characterised by a study of ethical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated by issues in religion and ethics, and also by the application of ethical theory to issues of importance. Learners will study normative ethical theories and the application of these, as well as key ethical concepts.

Learners will study: Developments in religious thought (Islam)
Developments in religious thought provide an opportunity for the systematic study of one religious tradition. This will include exploration of religious beliefs, values and teachings, sources of wisdom and authority and practices that shape and express religious identity.

Year 13

The new OCR specification will enable students to explore three components of study. Philosophy of religion (01), Religion and ethics (02) and Developments in religious thought (04).

Philosophy of religion (01) Learners will study:
- Ancient philosophical influences
- Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
- The nature and impact of religious experience
- The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
- The nature of the soul, mind and body
- The possibility of life after death
- Ideas about the nature of God
- Issues in religious language.

Religion and ethics (02) Learners will study:
- Normative ethical theories
- The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
- Ethical language and thought:
- debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will
- The influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion.

Developments in religious thought (04) Learners will study:
- Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
- Sources of religious wisdom and authority
- Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
- Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
- Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

Entry requirements

Grade A* - B in Religious Studies if the subject was taken at GCSE
OR Grade A* - B (6-9) in English Literature

Future opportunities

The RS Philosophy and Ethics course encourages clear, analytical thinking and teaches students to spot flaws in arguments and express themselves in an articulate, reasoned manner. These skills are valued in all areas of work, but are especially valuable in law, journalism, education, human resources, management, business and medicine. The subject combines very well with both other humanities subjects and the sciences, and is highly regarded by universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wanstead High School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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