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A Level Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) at Townsend CofE School

Course description

There are two units of study;
Philosophy of religion - ancient Greek and Judeo-Christian influences, traditional arguments for the existence of God, religious experiences, symbol and myth, religious language, distinction between body and soul and life after death.
Ethics - key ethical concepts and their applications to moral issues such as war, euthanasia and genetic engineering. The role of conscience and free will.

The lessons include a variety of approaches; talks, presentations, note taking, DVD viewing and computer research.
Assessment is made through class presentations, essay work and note making assignments.
Students sit two exams at the end of year 12, one in Philosophy and the other in Ethics.
Two further exams including a synoptic element complete the qualification.

All students are expected to attend all of the lessons.
Students will need to complete all of the tasks that are set. This will include note taking, research, contributions to group work, presentations and essays.
Students will need to meet deadlines for work that is set.
Students will also be expected to contribute to class discussions and debates.

Entry requirements

Six or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.
Average GCSE point score 4.5 or above.
Students will also need a GCSE grade B or above in Religious Studies.
Students should have an interest and enthusiasm in exploring moral and religious issues. An open enquiring outlook and willingness to use initiative and work hard are also required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Townsend CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 14 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years