Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics)

Qualification: A Level

Philosophy and Ethics is the study of humanity, it examines what motivates us, what influences us and how we understand and make sense of the world around us. It also explores the big questions: Where do we come from? Why are we here? What makes us act the way we do and how should we act in the future?

Studying Philosophy and Ethics not only gives you the skills to debate, critically evaluate,  construct an argument and to develop university level essay writing skills, it will also change your view on life, society and the world.

What will I study?

In Ethics we will explore ethical thoeries such as Utilitarianism and the implications of ethics in the modern world, including business ethics, euthanasia and sexual ethics. Whilst in Philosophy we will explore the concept of knowledge, and question the very nature of God and reality, through ancient greek scholars to modern views on religious experiences. Our third topic, developments in Christian Thought will focus on the sociology and psychology of religion from the origins of belief to feminism and theology.

Assessment Method

The full course title is ‘OCR A Level Religious Studies (H573) which is comprised of three separate units:

H573/01 Philosophy of Religion
H573/02 Religious Ethics
H573/03 Developments in Christian thought

The exam for each component will be worth 120 marks and represents 33.3% of the total marks for A Level. These exams will take the form of an externally assessed written papers lasting 2 hours each.

Future Opportunities & Careers

This subject will give you an opportunity to develop your analytical thinking. It links well with most subjects because it teaches you transferable skills and is a popular subject particularly for those considering a career in medicine, law, human relations, teaching and working in the charity sector. Students have found that the skills taught help them when applying for courses as far ranging as the Armed Forces and retail.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 or better in English Language and (if studied) RE GCSE.

 

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