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Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (AQA) at The Duke of York's Royal Military School

Course description

In this course we tackle the biggest questions ever asked. Does God exist? How should I live my life? Are we free? Along the way we consider whether science and religion are compatible, whether we can ever trust someone who claims to have seen a miracle, and why religion is declining in the UK but booming elsewhere. This course is not ‘Religious Studies’ as you might have known it before. We will be picking arguments with some of the greatest minds in human history, including Plato, Descartes and Hume. You will grow your reading, writing and analysis skills, and enjoy plenty of spirited class debate.

Course content

This is a linear qualification: it is assessed at the end of the two-year course by two threehour written examinations. The first examination is worth 50% of the A Level, and covers philosophy of religion, and ethics and religion. The second examination is also worth 50% of the A Level, and covers the study of religion, and dialogues between philosophy, ethics and religion. Philosophy of religion - Arguments for the existence of God - Evil and suffering - Religious Experience - Religious language - Miracles - Self and life after death Ethics and religion - Ethical theories - Issues of human life and death - Issues of animal life and death - Introduction to meta-ethics - Free will and moral responsibility - Conscience - Bentham and Kant Study of religion - Sources of wisdom and authority - God/gods/ultimate reality - Self, death and the afterlife - Good conduct and key moral principles - Expression of religious identity - Religion, gender and sexuality - Religion and science - Religion and secularisation - Religion and religious pluralism The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion The dialogue between ethical studies and religion

Entry requirements

This is an academic, essay-based subject. Students should have at least a B grade in GCSE English. They do not need to have taken Religious Studies at GCSE.

Assessment

This is a linear qualification: it is assessed at the end of the two-year course by two threehour written examinations. The first examination is worth 50% of the A Level, and covers philosophy of religion, and ethics and religion. The second examination is also worth 50% of the A Level, and covers the study of religion, and dialogues between philosophy, ethics and religion.

Future opportunities

No prior study of Religious Studies is required. As an essay-based subject, students should have a B grade or higher in GCSE English.

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: 18 January 2017
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  • Start date: Next September

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    • The Duke of York's Royal Military School is based on a beautiful 150-acre site on the outskirts of Dover, Kent.

      With the white cliffs of Dover on our doorstep and on a clear day France can be seen, we offer a state boarding facility with a military ethos.  The school has it's own colours, which were presented by our patron HRH The Duke of Kent.

      With 500 students on roll we can offer a co-educational education to students from YR7 to YR13. We have a dedicated Sixth Form Centre, Centenary House which is the stepping stone from home/school to either University or into the workplace. The school has a set of values:courage, integrity, respect, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline.

      These values are important in every day life as well as life in the classroom.

      As a state boarding school KCC will cover the costs of education and parents are asked to pay for the cost of boarding.

      We welcome applications from military and non-military families with our current on roll students split 50/50 from military and non-military families.

      Our Whole School Open Morning is on Saturday 10th March 09:00 to 12:30.

      To reserve a place please complete the online form via our website: www.doyrms.com