PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION & ETHICS (RELIGIOUS STUDIES)
LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: OCR
Religion poses some of today’s burning questions; how can we live together? What is sacred to us? What are the benefits of a spiritual life? What can the great world religions tell us about living?
You will learn how to write persuasively in an academic context, whilst also learning about complex philosophical and ethical theories and gaining an understanding of different cultures. The course is designed for students of any religious persuasion, if any.
We aim to offer you the opportunity to visit Buddhist monasteries, meet religious practitioners as well as take part in the Theology and Philosophy Society and a London residential trip.
You will study topics and questions such as:
- Buddhism: ethical theory, philosophy or godless religion?
- Can we reasonably state that God exists?
- Do I have a right to choose to die?
- Is the Universe just right?
- Religion in Contemporary Society
- Do we have a soul?
And much more…
You will need (or equivalent to);
- GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
- GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
- plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above
There is are three, 2 hour examinations.
Each exam requires you to write three essays from a choice of four questions.
Students usually progress onto degrees/careers related to working with people.
Popular degree courses include Religious Studies, Sociology, Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Care and Anthropology.
Former students have gone onto careers as Teachers, Environmentalists, Army Chaplains and Archaeologists, to name just a few.
Do I need to be a ‘believer’?
Absolutely not, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics prides itself on its open mindedness.