Religious Studies: Philosophy, Ethics & Religious Thought

This course will develop your critical and reflective thinking skills and enable you to argue with a constructive, well informed and balanced approach.

A level Religious Studies aims to study religion, philosophy and ethics in a way that is relevant to the modern world and understand its contribution to individuals, communities and societies.

This new course is divided into three specific areas of study and include topics as outlined below;

Philosophy
Arguments about the existence of God Is there life after death?
The problem of evil

Ethics
Do we have free will to make moral choices?
Do the needs of the many out way the needs of the few?
Sexual Ethics for the 21st century

Religious Thought
The purpose of life Key themes in religion and society (eg: gender)
Sources of wisdom and authority

Course requirements

B in GCSE Philosophy and Ethics (B in English if no REP/EFP is taken)

What type of student is this course suitable for?

Philosophy and ethics students are as diverse as the subject. Anyone who is keen to develop an ability to structure and deliver a convincing argument about what several (mostly dead now) philosophers said about society and life, will do well.

Those who succeed at a high level will be highly self-motivated, have an inquiring mind, are happy doing independent learning and wider reading to supplement class notes and above all, like to argue. Some elements of the GCSE course are built upon but it is in no way necessary to have sat the Level 2 course in philosophy and ethics before joining us at Key Stage 5.

Where could this course take you?

Successful completion of this course could lead to many different degrees and career paths needing analytical or interpersonal skills. The course particularly meets needs in broadcasting, journalism, law, publishing, medicine, the care industry and teaching. In recent years there has also been an increase in demand for philosophy and ethics students to fill roles in business and consultancy as well as filling places on NHS and other ethics boards within private firms.

What our students say

  • “The discussions in lessons allow you to express your opinions honestly and debate with others who have different views”
Course Information
  • Course level:A Level
  • Teachers:Mrs S Allen (NK) Mrs S Papaioannou (SRPA)
  • Location:NK & SRPA

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