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Religious Studies AS A2 at Prince William School

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AS Unit 1 Foundation UnitThis unit studies ethical language and a range of ethical theories. It will also look at pre-Islamic Arabia and the life of Muhammad before and after his call to the role of prophet.AS Unit 2Religious EthicsThis unit studies the relationship between ethical theories and religious methods of ethical decision-making. It will also consider a variety of medical ethical issues such as abortion, euthanasia, embryo research and genetic engineering.AS Unit 3IslamThis unit studies various aspects of Islam including belief, worship, jihad (holy war) and Muslim ethics. It will also consider the Qur’an, its teaching and relevance to Muslims today.The course is designed to develop skills of interpretation and analysis. It will equip students to be independent thinkers and to be strong in powers of persuasion. It encourages an open mind while examining critically various religious and ethical belief systems. Students will be given the opportunity to present ideas and lead the class. It will develop essay writing skills and the ability to evaluate issues and develop personal points of view. This course will increase awareness of the beliefs and issues that affect our society today and it will give greater insight into beliefs and issues that affect Muslims here and overseas. 


A2 Unit 1Religious EthicsThis unit studies free will and determinism. To what extent is the future mapped out? It will also consider environmental ethics, sex and relationships, war, peace and justice. The content of the AS course will be drawn upon to help inform.A2 Unit 2 IslamThis unit studies the way the Quran is used in Muslim life to inform Muslim law and behaviour. It will also consider various Muslims groups, their origins and their teachings and beliefs. Muslim attitudes to the roles of men and women will also be examined.A2 Unit 3 Synoptic PaperThis unit will draw together everything studied and make connections between Islam and ethical systems. Assessment: Three 1 hour and 45 minute examinations at the end of Year 13. One of these examinations can be sat as an extended essay option.

Future opportunities

Due to the nature of this qualification, it can be applied to any university course or career because it develops skills that are valuable and can be applied in many areas – teaching, law, journalism, media, social work, to name a few.

Further information

The visits are built into the course: - 1        A visit to Cambridge for an Ethics Conference.2       A visit to a Mosque for a tour and a chance to see Muslim prayer take place.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince William School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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