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PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS (RELIGIOUS STUDIES)

REQUIREMENTS -

GCSE LEVEL

Grade 6 in RS or Grade 6 English at GCSE Level

COURSE DESCRIPTION

TheEduqasALevelinReligiousStudieswillbuildontheknowledge,

understanding and skills established at GCSE. Learners will be

introduced to a more advanced approach to Religious Studies,

andwill develop a deeper understanding of the beliefs, teachings

and philosophy they study.

This course provides students with the opportunity to investigate,

analyse and evaluate some of the greatest ultimate questions

that have arisen and to engage with major issues relevant to

learners in the 21st century, and to acquire knowledge and a

critical understanding of them.

Students learn about Ancient Greek & Judaeo-Christian

influences on philosophy of religion; traditional arguments for

the existence of God; Ethical theories: including Natural Law,

Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics, Kantian Ethics and applied ethics,

including Medical & Environmental Ethics. A Level candidates

will also have the opportunity to study Developments in Religious

Thought and understand the theological basis for some of the

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is designed to make candidates think about life’s most important

questions while providing a rigorous, academic approach to

knowledge and understanding of philosophy and ethics.

In

Philosophy of religion

learners will study philosophical

issues and questions raised by religion and belief. These include

arguments regarding the existence or non-existence of God,

the nature and influence of religious experience and the problems

of evil and suffering.

Religion and ethics

is characterised by the study of ethical

language and thought, with exploration of key concepts and

the works of influential thinkers. Learners will study normative

ethical theories and key ethical concepts and apply these to

issues of importance such as euthanasia, punishment and

relationships.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

- Approx

Philosophy/Ethics Textbook £18

Buddhism Textbook

£18

Examining Body -

Eduqas

LINEAR

ASSESSMENT

A LEVEL

- comprised of three exams:

COMPONENT 1

Written Paper

2hrs

33.3%

of A Level mark

Buddhism

COMPONENT 2

Written Paper

2hrs

33.3%

of A Level mark

Philosophy of Religion

COMPONENT 3

Written Paper

2hrs

33.3%

of A Level mark

Religion and Ethics

PROGRESSION

Religious Studies enables students to acquire skills that will

prepare them for higher education or the world of work. It is

a highly respected course at university level and is also very

helpful in the legal, business and medical sectors, as you can

make decisions about morality responsibility, life and death

situations.

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Developments in religious thought provides an opportunity for

the systematic study of one religious tradition. This will include the

exploration of religious beliefs, values, teachings and practices

that shape religious identity, as well as sources of wisdom and

authority.