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Religious Studies A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

One reason to study Religious Studies is because it deals with some of the most important questions in life! Does God exist? How do we know what is right or wrong? What role does religion have in modern society? Should faith schools be encouraged? Through studying and discussing these issues you will improve your thinking skills and ability to develop an argument. You will learn to think philosophically about issues, understand how key ideas have developed through the work of philosophers in the past and recognise their influence on ideas in society today. You will also have the opportunity to reflect upon your own points of view in relation to these ideas. The religion studied on this course is Christianity.

Course content

Unit 1: Religion and Philosophy. The case for the existence of God will be explored, with arguments for and against, as will the ways in which psychology approaches the religious experience. You will look at issues surrounding life after death, scientific challenges to religious belief, evil and suffering, religious experience, religious language, miracles, self and life after death.

Unit 2: Ethics, Religion and Society. You will examine key moral principles such as religious identity, religion and sexual identity, religious pluralism. You will also look closely at ethical theories such as issues of human life and death, issues of animal life and death, meta ethics, free will and moral responsibility, conscience and the work of the theorists such as Bentham and Kant.

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a grade C in GCSE English Language

Assessment

Each unit is assessed by examination at the end of the second year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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