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Religion & Ethics AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

Religion and Ethics is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith and people who have no faith. It is not necessary to have taken Religion and Ethics at GCSE, although students who have a GCSE will find that the AS/A Level builds on their knowledge, understanding and skills. All that is required is a desire to find out more about religion and its role in society.

This course encourages students to:

  • develop their interest in a study of religion and its relation to the wider world
  • adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of ethics
  • reflect on and develop their own values opinions and attitudes

Course content

Religion and Ethics is an inclusive subject, designed for people of any faith and people who have no faith. It is not necessary to have taken Religion and Ethics at GCSE, although students who have a GCSE will find that the AS/A Level builds on their knowledge, understanding and skills. All that is required is a desire to find out more about religion and its role in society.

The second (A2) year of Religion and Ethics enables students to study in greater depth aspects of morality and ethics, whilst examining the implications human nature can have on our understanding of morality. The topics covered cover a variety of issues such as; the debate between free will and determinism, hybrid ethical systems, the distribution of medical resources, and Aristotelian virtue ethics.

Entry requirements

It is preferable that students have achieved a Grade B or above at GCSE Level Religious Education and GCSE Level English.

Students should be able to discuss, argue and critically think.

Assessment

Unit 1A: Introduction to Religion and Ethics 1

  • 25% of A-Level (50% of AS)
  • Written Paper 1hr 15mins (90marks)

Unit 2B: Introduction to Religion and Ethics 2

  • 25% of A-Level (50% of AS)
  • Written Paper 1hr 15mins (90marks)

Unit 3A: Religion and Ethics

  • 25% of A-Level
  • Written Paper 1hr 30mins (100marks)

Unit 4C: Ways of Moral Decision Making

  • 25% of A-Level
  • Written Paper 1hr 30mins (75marks)

Future opportunities

A qualification in Religion and Ethics would be helpful for those who want to move onto higher education in a broad range of subjects, such as Law, History, Media Studies, Sociology, Religion and Ethics and Philosophy.

The skills that you will learn in Religion and Ethics will be useful to you in any number of careers; teaching, youth work, journalism, civil service or government to name a few. If you’re thinking of a career in law or medicine then a Religion and Ethics A Level is looked upon favourably for undergraduate courses too.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brine Leas School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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