Philosophy and Ethics: A-Level

Course Description
Designed to encourage an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion, our A Level Religious Studies specification will enable students to develop an insight into areas of knowledge, belief and thought central to an understanding of the modern world. Through a study of philosophy, ethics and the world’s major religions, students will gain a range of knowledge and skills that will help them make sense of contemporary events. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in collecting, synthesising and interpreting information from a range of sources, and to consider issues from a range of perspectives. These skills are highly valued by a range of professions, such as public services and the caring professions.
 
Course Outline
Year 1
Unit 1 - Religious Studies Foundations - This area explores the following areas:
Area A: Philosophy of Religion - This unit comprises a study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God and selected problems in the philosophy of religion.
Area B: Ethics - This area comprises of a study of ethical concepts and dilemmas.
 
Unit 2 - Religious Studies - This unit has an enquiry based approach to teaching and learning and gives students the opportunity to undertake individual research into a topic in which they are particularly interested. 
 
Year 2
Unit 3 - Philosophy of Religion - This unit comprises of further study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God and selected problems in the philosophy of religion. 
 
Unit 4 - Religious Studies - This unit has been designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in units 1, 2 and 3. Students will consider implications in terms of how far particular beliefs and values might affect people’s understanding or awareness, including their own, of religion and human experience.
 
Course Assessment
The course is 100% exam based
 
Career Opportunities and Progression to University
 
Career opportunities can include; teaching, social work, psychology, media, nursing and medicine. This qualification can lead to a degree in Philosophy and Ethics, Religious Education, Psychology, English, History, Classics, Media, the Arts.