Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus

Examining Body - Eduqas LINEAR

PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS (RELIGIOUS STUDIES)

REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 6 in RS or Grade 6 English at GCSE Level

ADDITIONAL COSTS - Approx Philosophy/Ethics Textbook £18 Buddhism Textbook £18

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

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 majorworldreligions. Asawhole thePhilosophyandEthicscourse 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.

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.

ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - comprised of three exams: COMPONENT 1 Written Paper 2hrs

33.3% of A Level mark

Buddhism COMPONENT 2 Written Paper

33.3% of A Level mark

2hrs

Philosophy of Religion COMPONENT 3 Written Paper Religion and Ethics

33.3% of A Level mark

2hrs

28

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