The standard structure for a short, winter exam, GCSE retake course is four hours per subject, per week of small group lessons whilst a student retaking over one year will join the students in the One Year GCSE course classes.
The study of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics raises the big questions of life, about God, meaning and how we ought to live as human beings.
In Ethics, you will consider a range of approaches to a philosophical and religious understanding of issues regarding euthanasia, abortion and genetic engineering.
The A Level course is again split into two modules, one covering further Philosophy of Religion topics and one covering further Ethics topics.
Given the large component of ethics within the course, it is also highly useful for many people-centred careers, such as teaching, medicine, the police, and community and social work.
Starting in September 2015 the Department for Education pushed through big changes to GCSE, AS and A-level exams, aimed at making them more ‘fit for purpose’.A number of students join the College each year to retake GCSE subjects, either alongside A-Level courses or before starting A Levels.Students may need higher grades to satisfy university entrance requirements – or may simply want to broaden their options for future education.We are happy to offer advice about GCSE preparation and retake strategies, either by telephone, email or at interview.We look at each student as an individual and where only one or two subjects are at grade D and need to be retaken it is normally possible to begin two A-Levels or a BTEC programme in a subject or subjects where a student is clearly able or passionate about (such as art or business) alongside the GCSE retake subjects.All exams are now taken at the end of the course, and retaking bits of the exam to improve overall grades is no longer possible.Although the exams may be tougher, the numbers getting each exam grade in summer 2018 did not fall significantly.Philosophy topics include miracles, religious language, the nature of God and life after death; Ethics topics include a study of free-will, conscience and practical ethics topics such as the environment, business ethics and sexual ethics.Students should therefore be aware that the course consists of 50% Philosophy and 50% Religious Studies.Just click on the They too are linear but, unlike the modular exams they replace, they do not count towards a student’s A-level results.The difficulty of the new AS is broadly the same as the old ‘modular’ AS, aimed at students half-way through an A-level course.