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Philosophy & Ethics at King James's School

Course description

Philosophy means ´the love of wisdom´ or the ´the truth about life and morals´; it is a way of thinking and deals with the development of argument and ideas, based on the Western tradition. This specification covers a number of options within Religious Studies, including Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, World Religions and Textual Studies. Students are encouraged to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.

In AS units, students are asked two-part structured questions that relate directly to single areas within the associated module. The questions help candidates to structure their answers to meet the Assessment Objectives.

In A2 units, students are expected to display knowledge, understanding and evaluative skills in respect to the specified topics. They are asked essay-style questions in which they may be expected to use material from more than one area within the unit, to draw comparisons and to assess the relative significance of different aspects of the unit. The questions direct candidates towards the Assessment Objectives, but candidates are expected to select their own material and structure it into a coherent answer.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent qualification)

This course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills that students may have developed through GCSE Religious Studies. It does not, however, assume or require any previous study of the subject. It is designed to support a course of study that is suitable for students from any religious background (or none).

GCSE English Language at grade C and above would be an advantage.

GCSE Religious Studies is helpful, but not essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King James's School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years