A Level Philosophy and Ethics

Entry Guidance

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

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Typical Syllabus Outline

Students will cover a range of units aimed to encourage and develop their interest and enthusiasm in the study of religion and its relationship to the wider world. Students will have the opportunity to study aspects of at least one religion including theology, philosophy, historical and ethical perspectives.

Students will be encouraged to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning. Students will focus on the study of religious and ethical issues around questions such as ‘Can abortion and euthanasia ever be said to be good?’

AS Examination Course:

Take place over 1 full academic year:

  • Students will be expected to further their knowledge and understanding through independent study and preparatory work for lessons.

A2 Examination Course:

Take place over a further year following successful completion of AS Religious Studies programme of study. Students will be expected to further their knowledge and understanding through independent study and preparatory work for lessons.

 

Assessment

AS Examination:

2 Papers of 1hour 15 minutes written exam.

Candidates study 2 units from a choice of 11, each unit requires candidates to answer 2 essay questions from a choice of 4 in an examination and NO Course work.

A2 Examination:

Added to above: 2 written examinations each 1hour 30 minutes consisting of 3 further essays in exam conditions, and NO Course work

Progression

This course would be ideal preparation for someone who wishes to progress on to Higher Education, particularly in the field of Religious Studies, medicine, Teaching, Philosophy and Law.

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