Religious Studies
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two 5/Bs and three 4/Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4/C in Maths and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2018
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Philosophy, Ethics and Religion takes students on a journey through the big spiritual, ethical, and philosophical questions that humans have asked since the dawn of time. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Why does evil exist? Who am I? It does this through three components. Buddhism, its key teachings, practices and history, including examination of meditation, reincarnation and Buddhist understanding of the Self. Ethics, the exploration of moral-decision making, including the use of happiness, love, and religion in making decisions on issues from torture to animal testing. Then finally Philosophy of Religion, which explores arguments for and against the existence of God and the nature of religion.

What will I learn?

Classes incorporate a lot of discussion, so you should be ready to share your views and opinions whilst respecting the diversity of others, and have an open mind to different beliefs. There is also a significant reading and writing component, as both religious and philosophical texts are examined and analysed. Both these tasks will develop your critical thinking and ability to explain complex ideas, and teach you to form powerful arguments. It will also help you to grow as a person, developing your capacity for cultural understanding and helping you consider your own life in the context of these philosophical questions.

Former students have gone on to some of the UK’s top universities, including Nottingham University, the University of Leeds and the University of South Wales to study a wide range of subjects such as English Literature, Sociology, Law, Philosophy, Anthropology and  Politics, to name a few. Students have gone on to careers in teaching, social work, politics, journalism and research.

 

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.

Enrichment

At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.

Progression and Careers

Former students have gone on to some of the UK’s top universities, including Nottingham University, the University of Leeds and the University of South Wales to study a wide range of subjects such as English Literature, Sociology, Law, Philosophy, Anthropology and Politics, to name a few. Students have gone on to careers in teaching, social work, politics, journalism and research.

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