Philosophy & Ethics

Examination Board: Edexcel

 

Students opting to follow this course will have the opportunity to focus on two modules taken at both AS and A2.  The two modules on offer are:

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy

The syllabus has been designed to support a course of study available for candidates from any religious background or none, and is suitable for those who want to further their understanding of the philosophies and ethical codes behind religious beliefs.

Why AS level Philosophy and Ethics?

 

You will….

 

Undertake a more philosophical approach to the study of religion and consider arguments for and against the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering and the philosophical debate on miracles.

Understand how religious ethics play a part in everyday life and understand the relationship between religion and morality, and how ethical theories are applied in decision making.

What are the course aims?

 

-    Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion.

–    Treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge,

understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religion.

–    Adopt and enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.

-    Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of

their studies.

 

Skills you will use during the course…

 

–   Communication

–    Information Technology

–    Working with others

–    Improving own learning and performance

–    Problem solving

Syllabus Outline (GCE provider Edexcel):

AS

AS

A2

A2

Foundations

50% AS

25% total GCE

Investigations

(topic of choice from P & E)

50% AS

25% total GCE

Developments

50% A2

25% total GCE

Implications

50% A2

25% total GCE

1 exam

3 questions

1hr 45mins

1 exam

1 question

1hr 15mins

1 exam

3 question

1hr 45mins

1 exam

1 question

1hr 15mins

 

Additional Information:

 

Advanced Subsidiary units will be assessed at the standard expected to be reached at the end of AS. Students must answer 3 questions from a choice of 6 which are essay based.

 

At the end of this year students may continue onto the A2 knowing they have completed 50% of the course.

The ‘implications’ unit is taken at the end of the A2 year and assesses the student’s knowledge and understanding of the units covered in A2. The external examination will be based on an extract from the GCE Religious Studies Anthology published by Edexcel. The question is essay based.

 

Progression into Higher Education and Employment:

 

This course is of value as a preparation for both the world of work as well as most university/college courses since it encourages a lot of background thinking and increases insight into a whole range of subject areas.

 

The skills developed are a great help in preparing for the research, essay writing and conceptual analysis inherent to further education in a wide range of subjects.  Business Studies, the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and many Art and Science courses are good instances.

 

In addition, students considering those jobs which involve research, decision making or personal relationships, would benefit greatly from the course.  It is a course which enables the student to weight arguments and support individual opinions – an invaluable asset in life.

 

Completion of the AS units will result in a final qualification in Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Religious Studies.

 

Further completion of the A2 units will result in a final qualification in Advanced GCE in Religious Studies. 

 

Entry Requirements:

5 A* – C passes which must include English and Maths.

 

Contact: Mrs E Wallace or Mrs S Witney