Religious Studies (Philosophy + Ethics)
Exam Board: OCR
Overview:The course will enable students to develop an understanding of philosophical issues and ethical theories and is suitable for students who enjoy questioning the bigger picture and want to critically discuss the issues. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of religion including religious belief, thought and relevant issues; explaining the nature of religious beliefs and teachings and their impact on individuals, communities and societies; making connections across different aspects of the study of religion and belief. They must also be able to analyse and critically evaluate questions and issues related to religious beliefs, values and teachings: apply knowledge and understanding of religion; construct well-informed and balanced arguments using evidence and reasoning. This is a challenging but very rewarding subject, especially for those who like to ask WHY?...
Minimum College Entry Requirements (5 A*-C or equivalent) including English Language 5
You will be asked to pay £5 to cover the cost of the photocopied booklets. There may be opportunities to go to national study conferences as part of the course which may incur small additional costs.
As part of a wider programme the course provides an excellent basis for progression to any career or university course. Religious Studies will support a career in a wide range of areas, including politics, health care, law, journalism, and teaching - to name a few! The skills developed in this course are particularly valued by Universities. Students who have taken this subjects have gone on to prestigious universities - including Cambridge, Sheffield, Warwick & other Russell Group Institutions.
Skills that will be developed include objectivity, discussion, fluency of writing, independent reading, research, tolerance and understanding of diversity. Most subjects link particularly well with this coursesince the skills you will acquire are fundamental to studying, for example, clear writing, organization, time management, discussion, etc. You are expected to work hard but in an enjoyable atmosphere. You are not expected to have studied this subject at GCSE.