What is the title of this course? Religious Studies B: Philosophy and Applied Ethics OCR J121 Short Course
What level of qualification will I gain at the end of the course?
GCSE - single award
What are the main topics I will be taught?
Students are taught about:
Unit B602: Philosophy: Good and Evil (Judaism): Concepts of good and evil; natural and moral evil; Responses to The Holocaust; Coping with suffering; Prayer; Conscience; Moral sources – The Talmud and The Torah.
Unit B602: Philosophy: Religion, Reason and Revelation (Christianity): Revelation of God in the person of Jesus; Revelation through mystical and religious experience; Significance and importance of Sacred Texts.
Unit B602: Philosophy: Religion and Science (Christianity): The relationship between scientific and religious understandings of the world and humanity; Darwinism; 6 day Creation v Big Bang theory; Attitudes to animals and their treatment; Responses to environmental issues; Concept of Stewardship.
Unit B603: Applied Ethics: Religion and Human Relationships (Islam): Roles of men and women in a Muslim family; Roles of men and women in a Mosque; Marriage; Divorce; Sexual relationships; contraception.
Unit B603: Applied Ethics: Religion and Medical Ethics (Christianity): Attitudes to abortion; Responses to issues raised by fertility treatment and cloning; Attitudes to euthanasia and suicide; Beliefs about the use of animals in medical research.
Unit B603: Applied Ethics: Religion, Poverty and Wealth (Christianity): Causes of hunger, poverty and disease; Biblical teaching about caring for others; Giving to charity; Teachings about moral and immoral occupations.
What type of learning activities will I undertake?
Opportunity to participate in Holocaust Memorial Day workshop.
Opportunity to visit to the Holocaust Gallery at Imperial War Museum .
Opportunity to visit to Sacred Texts workshop at The British Library.
Visit to local places of worship.
How will I be assessed?
Unit B602: Philosophy: A one hour written examination paper worth 50% of the overall marks.
Unit B603: Applied Ethics: A one hour written examination paper worth 50% of the overall marks.
There is an opportunity to top up the short course to a full GCSE by attending one hour a week after school.
What are the possible progression routes once I have this qualification?
Studying RE will help you develop your awareness and understanding about a number of relevant, controversial issues that are often a cause of conflicting opinions.
It will help you develop your enquiry skills, express your opinion and learn to accept the views of others if contradictory to your own. All valuable life skills that are sort after by employers, schools or colleges, or for students who wish to extend their education.