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Philosophy & Ethics A Level

Subject: Religious Studies


What will students learn?

Students gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media. 

Religious studies is a thought-provoking subject and our contemporary themes will help you inspire engaging classroom discussion.

 

In KS5 students will study

Year 12

Christianity - Sources of Wisdom & Authority; Nature of God; Self, Death, & Afterlife; Good Conduct & Key Moral Principles; Expressions of Religious Identity

Philosophy - Existence of God, Evil & Suffering; Religious Experience; Normative Ethics; Application of Ethical Theories

Year 13

Christianity - Sexuality & Gender; Science; Secularisation; Pluralism; Dialogues

Philosophy - Religious Language, Miracles; Self, Death & Afterlife; Meta-Ethics; Free Will & Moral Responsibility; Conscience; Bentham & Kant


How will students receive feedback?

At Paddington, all students will receive regular feedback from formative assessment tasks. Within the curriculum, specific tasks are allocated for feedback. This ensures all students gain regular feedback. Teachers will mark student work and provide targeted feedback that enables students to improve their work and make progress. To support student understanding, teachers plan high-quality re-teach time to prepare students for their feedback. Across each term, students will receive feedback from multiple tasks.


What examinations / assessments do students have at the end of KS5?

Exam board: AQA

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics 

In Component 1, students will be assessed on their knowledge, understanding and ability to analyse and evaluate philosophy of religion (Section A) and ethics and religion (Section B). 

The exam tests students’ ability in relation to both AO1 and AO2. The paper is divided into two sections: 

  • Section A: tests philosophy of religion and consists of two compulsory two-part questions; in each two-part question the first part tests AO1 (10 marks) and the second part tests AO2 (15 marks). 

  • Section B: tests ethics and religion and consists of two compulsory two-part questions; in each two-part question the first part tests AO1 (10 marks) and the second part tests AO2 (15 marks). 

Component 2: Study of Christianity and dialogues 

In Component 2, students will be assessed on their knowledge, understanding and ability to analyse and evaluate the Christian religion (Section A) and issues related to the dialogue between philosophy of religion and Christianity (Section B) and issues related to the dialogue between ethical studies and Christianity (Section C). 


What resources can be used to support learning?

  • Textbooks
  • Revision guides

 

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