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A Level Religious Studies at Newbold Community School

Course description

Why should I study this course? Religious Studies is an academic and challenging course. The course is split up into two sections focusing on an in depth examination of Buddhism including the main religious teachings of the religion; the Buddhist community, branches of Buddhism, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Ethics, and meditation.

The other half of the course focuses on different areas of ethics from a Christian and Buddhist perspective including the ethical theories of Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, the value of being human, abortion, euthanasia, fertility treatments, and capital punishment.

The course then develops these ethical skills looking at the role of religion and society in making moral decisions and a detailed focus on medical ethics including the use of embryos, testing on animals, testing on humans, and the responsibility of supplying drugs for the developing world. If you are interested in the world around you then this fascinating course is for you.

Key features of the course.
• Class debates
• arguing skills
• analytical skills
• essay writing
• current legal & ethical examples and
• deeper level thinking.

The group will also have the opportunity to visit a Buddhist centre and members of the Buddhist Sangha (Community) will be coming into the school to offer optional Meditation classes as part of the course.

AS Unit 1 Religion and Ethics
AS Unit 2 Buddhism
A2 Unit 3 Buddhist Ethics
A2 Unit 4 Moral Decision Making

Entry requirements

Grade B in English, Religious Studies or History GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newbold Community School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years