Philosophy & Ethics

Examination Board:
WJEC EDUQAS
Specification:
A Philosophy & Ethics
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Departement:
Mr Peter Kernaghan

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Philosophy & Ethics

Assessment:
Students will be prepared for three exam papers, taken in year 11 for full course. Students will be able to continue their study of this subject at AS level in Y12 of sixth form in addition to their other AS level choices.

Course content:
Students will study four Philosophy and Ethics topics and study the beliefs teachings and practices of two religions - Islam and Christianity. The emphasis of the course is very much upon evaluation and analysis of arguments and theories enabling students to explore and arrive at their own, well supported conclusions as follows:

How is the course structured?

Philosophy

  • Issues of Life and Death- including debates about science and religion. Environmental ethics and Animalrights. The problem of existence of the mind or soul, and the afterlife. Differences of quality of life; religious and sanctity of life arguments about medical ethics.
  • Issues of Good and Evil- including debates about evil, the good, the existence of free will and conscience. Problem of natural and moral evil and suffering; responses to evil and charity. Crime and punishment; justice; the death penalty, prison, and forgiveness.

Ethics

  • Issues of Relationships – including debates about families, sex, same sex relationships; chastity; celibacy; cohabitation; sex outside marriage; adultery; family planning, the purpose of sex and contraception, marriage, divorce, annulment, separation and remarriage; gender equality and discrimination.
  • Issues of Human Rights- including debates about United Nations Charter of Human Rights; racial prejudice and discrimination. Poverty; wealth; charity and voluntary groups, freedom of religion and speech;extremism. Diversity of religious faith; secularisation; inter-faith dialogue or activity.

Belief

  • Islam- Beliefs and teachings including Allah: Oneness, fairness and justice. Prophethood - Adam, Isa, and Muhammad. Angels - Gabriel, Michael, and Israfil, Predestination, Life after death, the Day of Judgement; heaven and hell, Foundations of faith - six articles of faith (Sunni Islam), the five roots (Shia), books, Scrolls, Gospel, Torah, Psalms. Practices The Five Pillars of Sunni Islam and the Ten Obligatory Acts of Shi’a Islam. The Festivals of Islam.
  • Christianity – Beliefs and teachings - including Gods nature, Trinity, problem of evil. Creation, Jesus Christ, Jesus’ incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. Salvation- law, sin, grace and the Spirit The Afterlife judgement, resurrection, heaven and hell. Practices Forms of Worship, liturgical, informal and individual prayer. Sacraments- Baptism and Eucharist. Pilgrimage the Holy Land, The Church local and global.

Why should I study Philosophy, Ethics and Belief?
The subject lends itself to robust debate and students appreciate the opportunity to have their views recognised. Students who opt to take Philosophy Ethics and Belief in years 10 and 11 gain a second full course GCSE in addition to their separate short course GCSE, and a have a foundational curriculum in A level Philosophy, Ethics and Belief.

What could I do next with GCSE Philosophy, Ethics and Belief?
Academic institutions and employers alike recognise the relevance of Philosophy, Ethics and Belief for our 21st century multicultural world and welcome the skills acquired in this discipline prepare students for a wider range of careers.


 
 

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