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Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics): A Level at Ashton Park School

Course description

Why study Religious Studies?

• Philosophy and Ethics can lead to a wide range of courses in higher education and can lead to careers in law, human resource management, social work, administration and teaching

• This subject is very thought-provoking, enabling you to question many aspects of belief and to examine issues relevant to today’s world

• You will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate; consider some of the classic theories of morality and examine whether these theories are absolute or relative.

Course content

What’s it all about?

• Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

Explores both common ground and controversy in dealing with issues that arise in the areas of morality and religion in the modern world.

• Paper 2: Religion and Ethics

A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language; Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.

• Paper 4: Study of Religion

They will study religious beliefs, values and teachings of one religion; Sources of wisdom and authority; practices that shape and express religious identity; Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?

• 5 GCSE’s at grade A* – C (including English).


When will I be assessed?

Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year. The papers will be weighted as follows:

• Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion: 2 Hour written examination forming 33.33% of the qualification, worth 80 marks

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics: 2 Hour written examination forming 33.33% of the qualification, worth 80 marks

Paper 4: Study of Religion (One of the six world religions): 2 Hour written examination forming 33.33% of the qualification, worth 80 marks

These papers are externally-assessed written examinations, comprising of three sections. Students answer all questions in all sections.

Future opportunities

What could it lead to?

• Careers in central and local government, the legal profession, training, recruitment and human resources, advertising, marketing and journalism are all options

• Working with people and understanding their thought processes and emotions is an asset in any profession

• High-profile philosophy graduates include TS Eliot, Woody Allen, Bruce Lee, Martin Luther King and Bill Clinton.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton Park School directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September