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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Northampton Academy

Course description

Religious Studies is a subject that by its nature requires candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues. Students are given the opportunity to investigate the quest for meaning of life, truth and ultimate values; awareness of aspects of human life other than the physical and material; human experience of transcendence, awe, wonder and mystery; the exploration of religious beliefs; and provide a stimulus for candidates to explore their own beliefs, creative abilities, insights self-identity and self-work and recognise and value the world and others.

Course content

Unit 1 – A study of Christianity. There will be four themes: religious figures and sacred text; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. The learner will be expected to answer two questions from a choice of four in each option. Examples of topics include Exploring Jesus’ birth, feminist views towards God, and how the Church is responding to the challenge of secularism.

Unit 2 – Philosophy of Religion. There will be four themes within the component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious language. Learners will be expected to answer two questions from a choice of four in this component. Examples for topics covered include can we prove God exists, does Evil exist, and is a religious belief in the mind?

Unit 3 – Religion & Ethics. There will be four themes within this component: ethical language and thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; free will and determinism. Learners will be expected to answer two questions from a choice of four in this component. Examples of topics covered include: Virtue theory; does natural law exist and does utilitarianism promote immoral behaviour?

Entry requirements

At least 5 A* - C GCSE’s including a minimum Grade 5 in English Language, a minimum Grade 4 in Mathematics and a B in a humanities subject. A GCSE in Religious Education is not a requirement for this course.

Assessment

WJEC is the exam board. For all units -
- There will be written exam lasting for 2 hours per unit
- Learners will be expected to answer two questions from a choice of four.
- The format of assessment will be a structured essay.

Future opportunities

With a qualification in Religious Studies – Philosophy & Ethics you can go on to Higher Education to study or gain careers in: Business, Computing; Consulting; Education; Engineering; Finance; Government Studies/Politics, Insurance; Journalism; Law, Marketing; Publishing; Real Estate, Religious Ministry; Research; Sales; Technical Writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2017
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