Religious Studies (Philosophy of Religion & Religious Ethics)
Level : AS / A2
Examination Board / website: OCR
Assessment Details: Two 1.5hour exams at the end of each year.
AS Philosophy of Religion 1.5 hours 25%
AS Religious Ethics 1.5 hours 25%
A2 Philosophy of Religion 1.5 hours 25%
A2 Religious Ethics 1.5 hours 25%
Practical Examinations: N/A
Course Outline: The course challenges students to tackle the big questions about life and our existence. Students will robustly handle complex theories, pulling them apart and reconstructing them into coherent arguments.
The Philosophy element approaches ultimate questions concerning the creation of the universe, the abstract works of ancient Greek philosophers, the concept of God and the challenges to belief and religion in the modern world.
The Ethics element tackles theories of morality, happiness, and ethical responsibility and applies them to real life dilemmas. Topics include controversial modern issues such as war and sexual ethics.
Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course: Critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, essay skills, debate and dialogue, developing theories and concepts. The exams are essay based, so students must feel confident in producing extended pieces of writing and reading academic texts.
Goes well with: Psychology, English, Law, Government and Politics, Sociology.
Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject: Any career that requires handling concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving. Law, politics, journalism, theology, international relations to name but a few.