Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics): A Level

Who do I speak to? Mrs. Charmaine Collins; Mrs. Vicky Waring or Mrs. Serena Keough

Why study Religious Studies?

• Philosophy and Ethics can lead to a wide range of courses in higher education and can lead to careers in law, human resource management, social work, administration and teaching

• This subject is very thought-provoking, enabling you to question many aspects of belief and to examine issues relevant to today’s world

• You will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate; consider some of the classic theories of morality and examine whether these theories are absolute or relative.

What’s it all about?

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

Explores both common ground and controversy in dealing with issues that arise in the areas of morality and religion in the modern world.

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics

A study of three ethical theories; Application of ethical theories to issues of importance; Ethical language; Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars; Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues.

Paper 4: Study of Religion

They will study religious beliefs, values and teachings of one religion; Sources of wisdom and authority; practices that shape and express religious identity; Social and historical developments; Works of scholars; Religion and society; Primary texts.

When will I be assessed?

Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year. The papers will be weighted as follows:

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion: 2 Hour written examination forming 33.33% of the qualification, worth 80 marks

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics: 2 Hour written examination forming 33.33% of the qualification, worth 80 marks

Paper 4: Study of Religion (One of the six world religions): 2 Hour written examination forming 33.33% of the qualification, worth 80 marks

These papers are externally-assessed written examinations, comprising of three sections. Students answer all questions in all sections.

What could it lead to?

• Careers in central and local government, the legal profession, training, recruitment and human resources, advertising, marketing and journalism are all options

• Working with people and understanding their thought processes and emotions is an asset in any profession

• High-profile philosophy graduates include TS Eliot, Woody Allen, Bruce Lee, Martin Luther King and Bill Clinton.

What are the entry requirements?

• 5 GCSE’s at grade A* – C (including English).