Why study this subject?
The study of Philosophy and Ethics underpins the study of many other subjects. You cannot truly understand history or politics without understanding where these ideas come from. Philosophy and Ethics gives context to other areas of study but it also provides essential skills that universities and employers will be seeking such as being able to analyse arguments from a range of different perspectives, and think critically. It combines well with subjects such as English, Psychology, Politics and History, to Maths, Physics and Biology.
Is the course suitable for me?
Have you ever wondered what motivates some people to do good and other to do evil? What is your view of happiness? Have you ever considered the ethical nature of global businesses? Is there life after death? How was the universe created? These religious and contemporary ethical questions form the essence of the course. If you are interested in debating and analysing these issues then this course may be for you.
There are three themes you will cover, over two years.
Philosophy of Religion:
This part of the course involves evaluating the views of influential philosophers and asks questions about the nature of belief; can we prove or disprove the existence of God? Why does evil exist? Where does the conscience come from? Is there life after death?
This involves asking questions about moral behaviour; can positive consequences justify any actions? Do you have a duty to behave a certain way? Is there such a thing as right and wrong? These ethical ideas are then applied to moral issues such as abortion, genetic engineering and euthanasia.
The Study of a Religion:
This element of the course involves exploring religious belief and practices in one religion, Christianity.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed by three written examinations at the end of Year 13. There is no coursework element.
What can this course lead to?
A Level Religious Studies can lead to a degree course in any subject. It is particularly useful for degrees in Religious Studies, Theology, Politics, Philosophy, Law, Psychology, English, Medicine and History. The importance of studying Ethics is growing fast. It would certainly be beneficial to people who are considering any career that involves working with people in the areas of healthcare, communication, personnel and the management field. Past students have used their qualification to enter professions such as Teaching, Nursing, Social Work, Law, Medicine and Politics.
Who can I contact for more information?