GCSE Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

You will be studying the AQA specification, which requires no coursework. You will sit two exams at the end of the two-year course.

In your first year you will look at ‘Religion and Morality’.   You will examine how belief affects the way an individual lives their life and the ethical issues that they might encounter.   You will study topics such as cloning and genetic engineering as well as how we approach death and the prospect of Euthanasia.   You will debate whether or not criminals deserve second chances and whether or not it is ever ok the issue the death penalty, whilst considering different philosophical and spiritual ideas.

In  Year     11  you  will  apply  the  different  belief  systems  you  have  learnt  about  to  broader philosophical issues.    You will examine various arguments for God's existence and consider whether evil actually exists or whether it is something that society has constructed.   You will also critically consider whether or not it is possible to live forever and various notions of the after-life as well as considering the extent to which science and religion are opposed to each other. Philosophy, Religion and Ethics is for you if you are open minded, willing to discuss and put forward your view, and enthusiastic about considering questions to which there is not always a single overall answer.

The examination board is AQA


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