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Religious Studies

WJEC/Eduqas RS for Yr2/A2 - Religion & Ethics

Author(s): Richard Gray, Peter Cole

awarding body: WJEC/Eduqas

level: A2 & Year 2

isbn: 978-1-911208-66-2

subject: Religious Studies

Pages: 294pp



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The book has increased significantly in extent because of the amount of extra material the replacement author was obliged to include in order to properly cover the exam specification in sufficient A2 (or second year of A Level) standard, which is of course at a more comprehensive level than the AS or Year 1. There were numerous updates to the specification itself that had to be researched and addressed, which also added to the length of the final book.

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Written by experienced examiners and authors, this new textbook provides comprehensive coverage of all the skills and knowledge required for the Religion and Ethics topic in the WJEC A2 specification or for A Level Year 2 of the Eduqas A Level specification.

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A clear skills-based pathway of learning firmly bridges the gap between specification content and the final exam.

This comprehensive yet accessible book has been carefully created to ensure that students develop the confidence and skills required.

Developing Skills section provides help with applying knowledge of both specification content and the issues that are raised.

Questions and Answers section provides practice questions with student answers and examiner commentaries.

The book provides distinctive AO1 and AO2 materials and specific activities that target each assessment objective.


Theme 1: Ethical Thought

D: Meta-ethical approaches - Naturalism

E: Meta-ethical approaches - Intuitionism

F: Meta-ethical approaches - Emotivism

Theme 2: Deontological Ethics

D: John Finnis' development of Natural Law

E: Bernard Hoose's overview of the Proportionalist debate

F: Finnis' Natural Law and Proportionalism: application of the theories

Theme 4ABC: Determinism and free will - Determinism

A: Religious concepts of predestination

B: Concepts of determinism

C: The implications of determinism and predestination

Theme 4DEF: Determinism and free will - Free will

D: Religious concepts of free will

E: Concepts of libertarianism

F: The implications of libertarianism and free will

Questions and answers

Quickfire answers




*The contents page follows the Eduqas Specification v4 September 2019. For WJEC the contents are the same but the Theme labeling is slightly different. Ethical thought is Theme 1 ABC; Deontological ethics is Theme 2ABC; Theme 4ABC is Theme 3ABC; Theme 4DEF is Theme 4ABC.

About the authors:

Richard Gray has studied at The University of Sheffield where he won the Epworth Prize, before taking up a British Academy scholarship at Lancaster University. He has also studied as Research Fellow at The University of Leeds. Richard has taught A Level Religious Studies for more than 20 years and is a former Head of Religious Studies. He has also been a senior examiner at A Level for 16 years. Richard is currently freelance writer and examiner. He is author of several books and articles for A Level Religious Studies.

Peter Cole was head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Worthing College. He is very experienced as an A Level examiner, senior examiner and reviser, having worked for over 30 years for three major awarding bodies. Peter has written numerous key books for A Level Religious Studies in the area of Philosophy of Religion and New Testament studies and is a popular, bestselling author.