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Course overview

By studying this subject, you'll be addressing some of the big questions that face human beings, such as the veiw that the world is an illusion, the idea that God's existence can be proven like a mathematical equation, and the possibility that moral rules are a matter of opinion.

Philosophy of Religion
Topics include:
Arguments for God’s existence: Design, Cosmological and Ontological
Religious Experience
Problem of Evil and Suffering
Philosophical Language
Works of Scholars of Religion: Marx and Freud
Life after Death
Religion and Science

Religion and Ethics
Topics include:
Environmental issues and equality
Ethical Theory: Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics and Natural Law
War and Peace and Sexual ethics
Ethical Language
Deontology and Virtue Theory
Medical ethics

Study of Religion: Christianity
Topics include:
Religious beliefs, values and teachings
Practices that shape and express religious identity
Sources of Wisdom and Authority
Social and Historical developments
Textual Study and Religion and Society

The course includes a wide variety of learning experiences such as lectures, one to one tutorials, ICT based tasks, practical work, group work, discussions/debates, DVDs, and personal research when preparing for assessment. Also, as part of your course in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion you will be offered the chance to go on an educational visit to Manchester Buddhist Centre and the Imperial War Museum North.

What else do I need to know?

Studying Philosophy, Ethics and Religion provides an excellent general qualification for many careers. You will be able to use it to progress to Higher Education. Universities recognise the depth of study and critical concepts analysis that A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religion develops. These are cross transferable skills that correlate well with a variety of subjects of study and professional skills. In addition many employers appreciate the skills and knowledge that Philosophy, Ethics and Religion students will have gained during their studies.

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What are the entry requirements?

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices.

How is it assessed?

You will sit a progression exam at the end of the first year which will determine whether you pass into the second year considered in combination with your promonitor assessment grades throughout the year. Then the course will be assessed at the end of the two years with three exams lasting 2 hours with each worth 33.33%.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

When you have gained your A Level in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion you can use it to progress into Higher Education. There are a wide range of undergraduate degrees available in Religious Studies both locally and further afield. The department has sent students to Oxford, Sheffield, Manchester, St. Andrews, Liverpool, Wolverhampton and Keele. Philosophy, Ethics and Religion can be combined with many other subjects, for example Sociology and Philosophy or Law. The sorts of jobs Philosophy, Ethics and Religion graduates go on to do are wide ranging including teaching, research, journalism, marketing, business and many more.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Anthony Collins, Head of Religious Studies, by emailing: anthony.collins@nscg.ac.uk

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