KS5 Philosophy and Ethics [RE]


Course Title: A Level Religious Studies (AQA Exam Board - 7062)

Grading: A-E


Course Overview: (What will students learn?)

Philosophy and Ethics [RE] will encourage learners to:

  • Understand and apply specific terminology associated with themed units and religious beliefs and practices
  • Critically analyse ethical and philosophical concepts with the application of examples
  • Think creatively, innovatively and analytically in ethical debates and discussions
  • Explain the main beliefs and practices of two world religions and apply contrasting viewpoints
  • Evaluate different viewpoints (covering both religious and secular) on philosophical and ethical issues
  • Observe and apply relevant and current examples to support arguments and explanations from the wider society

Students gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media


External Assessment:

Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

  • Section A: Philosophy of Religion
    • Arguments for the existence of God, Evil and Suffering, Religious Experience, Religious Language, Miracles, Self and Life after Death
  • Section B: Ethics and Religion
    • Ethical theories, Issues of Human life and Death, Issues of Animal Life and Death, Meta Ethics, Free Will and Moral Responsibility, Conscience, and Bentham and Kant

Written Paper: 3 hours

50% of total A-Level: 100 marks


Unit 2: Study of Religion [Buddhism]

  • Section A: Study of Buddhism
    • Sources of wisdom and authority, Ultimate Reality, Self, Death and the Afterlife, Good Conduct and Key Moral Principles, Expression of Religious Identity, Gender and Sexuality, Religion and Science, Secularisation, and Religious Pluralism
  • Section B: Dialogue between Philosophy and Religion
    • How religion is influenced by and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied
  • Section C: Dialogue between Ethics and Religion
    • How religion is influenced by and has an influence on ethical studies  in relation to the issues studied

Written paper: 3 hours

50% of total A-Level: 100 marks


Internal Assessment:

Pupils will be assessed using written assessments at the end of each unit studied. There will also be practice exam questions conducted within lessons or as part of a structured homework task that will either be self, peer or teacher assessed at regular intervals.  Pupils will be expected to revise current as well as past topics of study to enable them to develop a long-term memory to ensure that they are fully prepared to sit their A Level examinations at the end of Year 13.

Students will sit end of year exams in Years 12.  There will be formal mock examinations in Year 13.

Links & Resources
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