Religion, Ethics and Philosophy (Y Pant)

Level: AS and A LEVEL
Exam Board: WJEC
Location: Y Pant School
GCE Religion, Ethics and Philosophy is an academic, engaging and thought-provoking course, exploring topics that will prove rewarding in all aspects of a candidates future life, in your career and personal experience.

Aims of the Course:

This WJEC GCE AS and A level specification in Religion, Ethics and Philosophy will enable learners to:

  • To develop interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the
    wider world.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion.
  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its
    contribution to individuals, communities and societies
  • To adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.
  • To reflect on and develop personal values, opinions and attitudes in the light of the study.

Entry requirements for the Course:

If you have studied GCSE Religious Studies Full Course, then a Grade ‘C’ or above is encouraged due to the academic demands of the course. Although you can study A Level Religious Studies without studying it for GCSE, then we suggest a grade ‘C’ in English Language or above.

Outline of the proposed AS WJEC Course:

The AS specification contains two units which include a wide range of topics for consideration, including an in-depth and broad study of Hinduism as one of the six major world religions, religion and ethics and philosophy of religion.

The A level specification allows learners to continue your systematic study of Hinduism as a world religion (compulsory unit) alongside two further units of religion and ethicsphilosophy of religion.

At AS Level Candidates study 2 options

Component 1: An Introduction to the Study of Religion – Hinduism

Unit 1: An Introduction to the Study of Religion – Hinduism
Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes
15% of qualification
60 marks
There will be four themes within the study of Hinduism: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts; religious life; and religious practices.

Component 2: An Introduction to Religion and Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion

Unit 2: An Introduction to Religion and Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion.
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
25% of qualification
90 marks

Component 2 Section A: Introduction to Religion and Ethics:

There are four themes within this component (including applied ethics in themes two and four): ethical language and thought; Aquinas’ Natural Law; Fletcher’s Situation Ethics; and Utilitarianism.

Component 2 Section B: Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

There will be four themes within this component: cosmological arguments for the existence of God; teleological arguments for the existence of God; the non-existence of God – the problem of evil; and religious experience.

For the A Level Candidates study 3 options

Unit 3: A Study of Religion – Hinduism

Written examination: 1 hour 30 mins
20% of qualification
90 marks

This unit provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of Hinduism covering the following themes: religious figures and sacred texts, significant historical developments in religious thought, significant social developments in religious thought and religious practices that shape religious identity.

Unit 4: Religion and Ethics

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
20% of qualification
90 marks

This unit provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental ethical themes including ethical language and thought, Kant’s Moral Law Theory, contemporary developments in ethical theory and free will and determinism.

Unit 5: Philosophy of Religion

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
20% of qualification
90 marks

This unit provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental philosophical themes including ontological arguments for the existence of God, challenges to religious belief, religious experience and the use of religious language.

Assessment:

  • AS 2 compulsory units = Unit 1 + Unit 2
  • A level 3 units in total = Unit 3, 4 and 5.

The table below shows the weighting of each assessment objective for each component and for the qualification as a whole.

 

What can you do with an A Level in Religious Studies?

Career Opportunities:

Religion, Ethics and Philosophy, which incorporates an in-depth study of a world religion, ethics and philosophy of religion is an academic A Level subject, which is regarded highly by both universities and employers.

An A-Level in Religion, Ethics and Philosophy develops a wide range of skills including analysis, critical thinking, reasoning, evaluation, enquiry, reflective approaches and proves students are able to independently and collectively research, think, discuss, debate and evaluate.  As an essay subject, it develops a range of literacy skills, appropriately applying the form of writing, use of specialist vocabulary, organisation of material and structured answers. It is an excellent preparation for a wide range of courses or careers including any humanities, social science or medical degree and careers in broadcasting and media, education (primary and secondary), law, police or probation service, politics, social work and care, medicine, vet science, dentistry, midwifery, journalism, financial services, community work, publishing and many more. In fact, any career which involves the relevant skills and working with ‘people’, reflecting the diversity and multicultural world in which we live!

Staff to consult for further information:       Mrs Graves and Mrs Burnell

 

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