What do I need to study this course? Ideally [but not necessary] a GCSE grade C or above in Religious Studies. A competent command of English and a grade C or above in GCSE English Literature / Language. What does the course involve? Do you have an inquiring mind? Do you relish the idea of discussing the things that really matter to you and trying to bring people round to your way of thinking? Are you interested in the relationships between religion, society, politics law, ethics and the media? AS Level – Philosophy of Religion and Ethics At AS Level students cover the study of ONE religion [to be determined by the students as it is a new specification and their choice] and apply knowledge of beliefs and practices to both exam units. The first component is based on philosophy of religion, focusing on the beliefs and practices of their chosen religion, as well as philosophical debates based on the existence of God, the rise in atheism, the existence of evil and suffering and the legitimacy of religious experiences. The second component incorporates an ethical viewpoint from their chosen religion and how these beliefs can be applied and compared based on topics concerning ethical theories, as well as life and death issues involving humans [e.g. abortion, use of embryos, euthanasia etc] and animals. A2 Level – Philosophy of Religion and Ethics At A2 Level, students build upon topics covered at AS and develop their knowledge in both areas further. Regarding the philosophy of religion unit, students will also discuss and analyse the nature and function of religion, religion’s role in society and the challenge from science, as well as debates on the existence of miracles and life after death. Development of knowledge regarding the second component based on ethics involves more societal impact including sexual identity, existence of religious pluralism, how decisions are made and a dialogue of the effect religion has on society and vice versa. What next? As a sound Humanities A' Level course, Philosophy and Ethics could lead onto further study in a range of subjects and be useful in a variety of careers. Many students could follow this course with a degree in English, History, Law, Media, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology or Theology. Students find the skills and knowledge gained from Philosophy and Ethics useful in areas such as journalism, social care, the army, child care, the police, probation work, counselling, teaching, nursing, human resources and many more. Philosophy, ethics and religion encompass life and society in more ways than people realise!
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