RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Philosophy of Religion & Religious Ethics

EXAM BOARD: AQA – COURSE CODE: 1061/2061

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A Grade 6, (exceptions may be considered), in GCSE Religious Studies as well as at least a Grade 5 in English Language and English Literature.  Also a willingness to read and keep up to date with current affairs.  Students should be willing to work individually and in groups and to participate in discussions.

RELATIONSHIP TO GCSE

More emphasis is placed on the 'evaluation' skills developed during the GCSE course. Pupils study Christianity in more depth. Pupils study religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE

Pupils must study three components:

Christianity(33.3%): Pupils study religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity

Philosophy of religion (33.3%):There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language

Religion and Ethics(33.3%): There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.

FUTURE PATHWAYS

This course offers an ideal preparation for most courses at higher education and is a course which is highly regarded by many of the Russell Group Universities. The ethical and philosophical modules, in particular, allow the students to develop the ability to present arguments in a logical and critical fashion. It is an ideal foundation for any theological Religious Studies course or the P.P.Ebut the skills acquired can be applied to many other disciplines such as Law.

EMPLOYABILTY SKILLS

  • Problem solving
  • Logical and creative thinking
  • Clear presentation of arguments, views and distinctions