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Philosophy of Religion A-level - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

Level:
Level 3 A-levels
Course Code:
FTB033
Location:
North Devon Campus
Duration:
Two years


This exciting course mixes philosophy, ethics and religious studies into a wonderful multi-dimensional qualification which develops your ability to think rationally and critically about many different aspects of religion and philosophy. If you enjoy the thoughtful analysis of fundamental questions, this study programme will allow you to test your analytical skills to the full.

If you are interested in the arguments for and against God, what religious experiences might tell us about the nature of the universe, what the most moral attitude towards animal rights might be, whether euthanasia is ever ethical, and why Christians might disagree over the nature of the soul, then this is the course for you. In what other course do you get to examine these things?

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This wide-ranging AQA Philosophy of Religion A-level course mixes religious studies, ethical theory and philosophy.

Various arguments for and against the existence of God will be considered, along with the nature and variety of religious experiences, and the various challenges to faith arising from science and psychology.

Christianity will be explored with inter-denominational discussions about the authority of the Bible, Jesus and the church, and the various expressions of Christian identity found in baptism and communion.

Topical debates surrounding Christian morality, gender, sexuality and secularisation will be an interesting part of the course. Morality, meta-ethics and applied ethical theory will be considered, with many opportunities to discuss such controversial and live topics as reproductive ethics, treatment of animals, theft and euthanasia.

In the second year, additional study will be done on the dialogues between Christianity, science, ethics, pluralism and philosophy, along with in-depth exploration of the arguments surrounding the existence of the soul and the possibility and nature of life after death. The idea of the conscience will also be considered, as will utilitarianism, divine-command theory and various theories of freewill.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.
On completion, students have the opportunity to enrol in Higher Education and study religious studies, theology, philosophy, and the philosophy of religion. It may also be useful for those students who want to begin a career in a caring, teaching or public service profession.
Classroom-based study with a range of multi-sensory activities, including PowerPoint, group work, presentations, lectures and discussions. Visiting speakers and external trips may be arranged for which there is an additional cost.
Please bring along pen, paper and a file to store your work.
The course textbook is the AQA A-Level Religious Studies book by John Frye, published by Hodder Education (ISBN 978-1-4718-7395-9). It is essential that you purchase this textbook.
If you require any further information on this course, please call the Advice and Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 or email guidancecentre@petroc.ac.uk.

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