A level and equivalent
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
By practising philosophy, humanity is able to ask itself the most profound questions relating to life on earth. How should we live? How can we decide what is the right thing to do? Does God exist? How can we make sense of our most intense experiences? How do we know what is real? Many people don’t want to consider these questions but if you take Religion, Philosophy and Ethics then you are different – you are willing to open your mind and consider really deep questions.
Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form
What will I study?
You’ll look at key questions of philosophy and theology through discussions, question and answer sessions, activities and debate. You’ll be challenged to think critically not only about other people’s beliefs but also your own, developing the ability to logically appraise.
How will I learn?
Through classroom activities, discussions, questions and answer sessions, and practice of exam based questions. Learning is pleasurable too – students will watch clips from film and TV which raise ethical and philosophical questions.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by examination, your final grade will be gained from your performance in three exams at the end of the second year.
To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and Maths. Those with an open mind and an inquisitive nature will thrive on this course as it challenges you to think critically about the beliefs and conclusions of yourself and others. Be prepared to explore some of life’s biggest questions and abandon your assumptions.
What do you need to know?
You don’t need to have any prior knowledge to take this course. Since the study of philosophy is widely acknowledged as intellectually challenging you need to approach the course with an open mind and a willingness to question the world around you.
Philosophy is essential in a number of fields such as law, politics, the arts and literature. This course would provide an excellent basis for university study, where you could go on to study philosophy, religious studies, politics or literature, for instance.
Future careers could include working as a charity officer, a counsellor, a teacher, youth worker, in the civil service or as a journalist.
Reasons to join us:
- RPE develops the crucial skill of critical thinking – the ability to logically appraise opinions, arguments and conclusions. This is an ability which is in high demand in all sectors of industry and employment.
- Philosophy as a field of study helps you develop essential skills and as such, taking this course is beneficial for many other courses, from physics to sociology to English literature.
- A high number of globally successful people studied philosophy like Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons); Singer Lana Del Ray; Pope John Paul II; film directors the Coen Brothers, Ricky Gervais and Bill Clinton.
What students say:
“I love that RPE has made me ask questions about things that I’d never really thought about before.”
“The lessons are well-organised and offer a range of different activities to keep me engaged.”
Possible combination subjects:
You can choose any combination of courses that you like, but we think this subject goes particularly well with sociology, media studies, English language, English literature, history, psychology, classics, physics and law.
How do I apply/enrol?