Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) A Level at Priory School Edgbaston
A level religious studies (Philosophy and ethics) enables students to enhance skills learnt at GCSE to address life’s key questions such as what happens when I die?; Is there a God?; How do I decide what is right and wrong?
During the course students will develop skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, communication and debate. Students do this through:
· developing their interest in a study of religion and its relation to the wider world
· adopting enquiring, critical and reflective approaches to the study of religion
· reflecting upon their own values, beliefs and influences
This course is compatible with further study in a variety of subjects including archaeology, anthropology, English, government and politics, history, law and sociology.
Philosophy includes Christian attitudes to;
Life after death
The challenge from science
The nature and role of religion
Sources of wisdom and authority
Evil and suffering.
Self and life after death.
The nature and function of religion
Ethics includes Christian attitudes to;
Key moral principles.
Religion and sexual identity.
Issues of human life and death.
Issues of animal life and death.
Introduction to meta ethics.
Free will and moral responsibility.
Bentham and Kant
At least a B grade in Religious Education at GCSE, but ideally an A grade.
There is no coursework in this subject.
Year 12 AS
2 x 1hour 15 minute exams
Year 13 A level
2 x 1 hour 30 minute exams
AQA’s A level Religious Studies complements many other popular A Levels including Philosophy, Law, History, History of Art, Government and Politics, Sociology and English Literature. It also encourages candidates to develop their critical and evaluative skills which will enable them to go on to Higher Education and study a wide range of courses including Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Law, Sociology, Archaeology, Classical Civilisations, the History of Art and the Social Sciences.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priory School Edgbaston directly.