This course gives you the opportunity to investigate the nature and scope of religion and morality and to consider philosophical viewpoints on religious and other stances for living in the modern world. It helps you to reflect on your own life experiences and develop your personal beliefs and values. In addition you will gain knowledge and understanding of the different beliefs and values of others and the ability to express your opinions and give informed comment.
The skills you learn in this course are valuable in a wide range of careers, and provide a valuable contribution to your personal, social and intellectual development.
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:
The course consists of three areas of study.
Morality and belief
Religious and philosophical questions
Please note - for the 2022-23 session there is no assignment, only the two components worth 80 marks.
The course assessment has three components totalling 110 marks:
For the assignment component, you will choose a question to research based on an issue of religious, moral or philosophical significance, on which there are a range of viewpoints. You will gather sources relevant to the question and then analyse and evaluate this information to produce an extended piece of writing in response to this question.
Both the question papers and the assignment component are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in:
Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.
They can also read the information leaflet(s):
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