Ethics AS level at The Becket School
Philosophy and Ethics allows you to reflect on some of the most important questions people are faced with.
Ethics aims to understand the meaning of life and the nature of knowledge and goodness. When faced with choices about sex, relationships, money and lifestyles, we try to understand how we make ethical decisions about others and ourselves.
Philosophy encourages a critical understanding of the origin of the universe, our place within it and it raises questions about evil and suffering in the world.
The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) consists of 3 units which will be studied. These units explore Philosophy and Ethics. The exam board is Edexcel.
Paper One: Philosophy of Religion:
- A study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God.
- Design Argument – Key ideas strengths and weaknesses.
- Cosmological Argument – key ideas strengths and weaknesses.
- Problems of evil and suffering, solutions to these problems.
- Ontological Argument.
- The nature of religious experience.
Paper Two: Religious Ethics:
- Environmental issues.
- Equality in the world.
- A study of ethical theories
- Situation Ethics.
- Natural Law.
- War and Peace.
- Sexual Ethics.
Paper Three: New Testament Studies or Paper Four: The Study of one religion- Christianity
No previous knowledge or study of religious studies or theology is necessary in order to take the subject at A Level.
Units for AS Level: Each Paper is for 1 hour.
A Level Religious Studies has a good track record of success. It is a very respected academic subject, complementing other A Level subjects. It is useful to students wishing to study at university law, social work, business or a degree in Theology itself. Any employer requiring A Levels or a graduate would look favourably upon anyone qualifying with Religious Studies.
As well as covering advanced level study of Religious Studies, this course will enable you to develop some key skills, which will be essential to you whatever you go on to do afterwards.
Some of the key skills you are able to develop are:
- Information Technology
- Working with others
- Improving own learning and performance
- Problem solving
Development of these skills will help you with your learning as well as facilitate your move into higher education or employment.
Combining With Other Subjects
Religious Studies combines well with almost all other humanities AS /A level subjects such as History, Geography and English. In addition, if taken with sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Religious Studies will give you a broad based curriculum.
During the two years there are opportunities for various visits to local religious communities, the A Level conference in London and fact finding missions to the local university.
Students are closely supported and monitored, especially with coursework and bring in specialist help as and when required.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Becket School directly.