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Philosophy and Religious Studies A-level

Does God exist? If God exists, and is good, then why is there so much suffering in the world? Why should we believe in the concepts of miracles? Is religion just a fiction invented to bring comfort to people in difficult times? Is it ever morally right to go to war? Are abortions acceptable?

These are the kind of questions that you will study. We will examine some of the answers that the great philosophers have given to these questions over the centuries. You will broaden your horizons and develop your powers of reasoning. You will also learn to express your views clearly and logically both in speech and in writing.

You will develop knowledge and skills that will be highly appreciated both by universities and employers.

This course can be studied as part of the Communication Pathway.

What do I learn?
Your study will involve an overview of the main theories in different areas of philosophy.

Your study will include the following:
• unit 1: foundations; a study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God and selected problems in the philosophy of religion. Ethics; ethical concepts and dilemmas.
• unit 2: religious studies — investigations: the study of philosophy of religion: religious experience and the study of ethics: medical ethics; you study one topic.

At A2, you continue to study Philosophy of Religion and Ethics :
• unit 3: developments (comprises further study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God and selected problems in the philosophy of religion as well as further study of ethical concepts and problems ) and:
• unit 4: implications. In the implications paper, you are given a piece of text from an anthology and asked one question concerning the implications of this text for religion and human experience.

You will learn in groups and there will be ongoing timed assessments. Assessment is by exam and there is no formal coursework assessment on this course.
What do I gain?
You may have the opportunity of participating in an overseas trip to areas of philosophical interest. There are also visits to museums and conferences. You will have your own specialist personal tutor who you will meet individually or as part of a group tutorial and they will help you set, review and achieve your targets.

There is an extensive programme of support to help you make higher education decisions and move on to university. The vast majority of A-level students progress successfully to higher education.

There is an extensive programme of enrichment opportunities on offer and you will be encouraged to select from a range including volunteering, work experience, sport and performing.
What do I need?
Minimum six academic GCSEs at A*-C (4) including English Language and Maths but excluding PE, Dance, Catering i.e. subjects with a large practical component.

GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature at grade 4 (either Language or Literature).
What can I do next?
You could progress to higher level study such as a degree in any humanities or social sciences subject, or else seek employment in the social care or health professions, counselling, publishing, journalism, charities or non-governmental organisations, research, teaching or other public services.
What else do I need to know?
For more information on International entries, please contact international@activatelearning.ac.uk.

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2SFALVL36R Full-time Kings Road, Reading


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Start Date :

Monday 03 September 2018

End Date :

Wednesday 24 June 2020
2 Years 16 to 18 EU tuition fee : £40.00
19 to 23 Concession EU tuition fee : £40.00
24+ Loan EU tuition fee : £1,987.00

Please note - Fees may be subject to change


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