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Philosophy & Ethics GCSE (Religious Studies) at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

What is Philosophy and Ethics? Philosophy&Ethics is an ever-popular and relevant GCSE course, which covers a range of contemporary moral issues as well as addressing the fundamental questions of life. The skills we develop include debating, extended writing, logic and argument, analysis of texts, and evaluation. This academic subject is a good start for students wishing to move into a range of areas after Secondary School from Philosophy to Law; English to Personnel and Management. Syllabus OCR Religious Studies B – Philosophy and Applied Ethics Full course J621. Pupils study the course from the perspective of one religion: Christianity. Examinations The new exam specifications take a modular approach; student will sit four one-hour examinations. Coursework There is no coursework in Philosophy&Ethics. Teaching groups All groups are mixed ability; we currently have five groups in Year 10 and four in Year 11. What are the lesson activities? During lessons students will be involved in a range of activities including discussion, debate, note-taking, watching video clips, practising exam technique, preparing presentations, research (books&internet), and looking at current affairs case studies relevant to the modules. Discussion of beliefs and opinions is of key importance in helping students to understand the range of views on the issues we study. Laptops are available for research and presentation lessons. Homework Homework is set on a regular basis and represents an important opportunity for pupils to consolidate and develop their knowledge and understanding. A range of activities could be set including reading, research, preparation of presentations, revision, but the key focus is practise exam questions. It is important for students to establish good homework habits from the outset of the course. Increasing understanding Through our Core RPE programme, Philosophy&Ethics students have the opportunity to learn about some of the issues we study in the GCSE from the perspective of other religions. We currently run trips in Year 10 to the Buddhist Centre&Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and Bhaktivedanta Manor in Watford. Visiting speakers have included: Animal Aid, The Romance Academy, medical doctors, representatives from Huntingdon Life Sciences, priests, and nurses from Arthur Rank Hospice. Each year, a few students apply to visit Huntingdon Life Sciences to explore the ethics of using animals in medical research. Developing good exam practice ensures high achievement in this subject; we focus on revision and practise questions at the end of each module and for a large part of Year 11. We offer extra classes outside of curriculum time for those wishing additional support in advance of their GCSE.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Religious Studies or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification. With further training, you could go into a job related to religious studies or the more general social sciences such as a Social Worker, Teacher or Youth Worker. You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

Further information

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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