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Philosophy & Ethics at Richard Hale School

Course description

Exam Body: OCR

What students can expect of the course

  • AS/A2 Philosophy and Ethics builds on the skills, and to a certain extent, the content developed at GCSE Religious Studies and involves in depth discussion, coursework and structured written tasks.
  • There are opportunities to attend external conferences and seminars.
  • Reason and understand the nature and reality of existence.
  • Provide the conceptual tools along with the time and space to consider the principles that govern and influence moral judgments e.g. focusing on issues such as genetic engineering or war and exploring moral reasons for and against the issue.
  • Students must read more widely than the material covered in class from the reading lists provided to them.
  • Students are supported in developing appropriate study styles (e.g. with note making), in selecting relevant reading material, in developing philosophical terminology, writing in context and providing balanced, direct and focused answers.
  • Course content

    AS unit 1 50%

    (25%)

    AS unit 2 50%

    (25%)

    Religious Ethics 1 - The unit will introduce students to the study of ethical theory and introduce some of the key ethical theories. Assessment is via a written paper, one and a half hours long.

    Philosophy of Religion 1 - The unit will explore the origins of the universe through initial discussion of early Greek philosophy and then explore philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God. Assessment is via a written paper, one and a half hours long.

    A2 unit 3 25%

    A2 unit 4 25%

    Religious Ethics 2 - The unit allows students to explore ethical issues including conscience, free will and determinism and the application of ethical theories to the environment and sex and relationships. Assessment is via a written paper, one and a half hours long.

    Philosophy of Religion 2 - This unit will explore a range of topics such as death and the afterlife, the nature of God, religious language and the concept of miracles. There will be a considerable scope for reasoned debate over all of these ultimate questions. Assessment is via a written paper, one and a half hours long.

    Entry requirements

    GCSE English language grade C or better. Whilst a GCSE in RE is not essential an interest in the subject is. A grade B in subjects such as History or English Literature would be beneficial. The subject fits well with History, Politics, English, Psychology and the Sciences.

    Assessment

    Please see above for details.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Hale School directly.

    Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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