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Religious Studies


Arguably the most ultimate questions in life are: Where did everything come from? What is the best way to live while we are here? And what, if anything, happens when we die? Don’t take time to consider the answers to these questions; start thinking about these essential topics by taking an A Level in the Philosophy and Ethics of Religion. The course is intellectually rigorous, valued by Universities, and is a good way to develop transferable skills such as: understanding, analysis, communication, reflection. You will learn to communicate your ideas in a clear and logical way and you will develop your argument and counter argument skills.


AS Course Structure



Philosophy of Religion:


In the Philosophy of Religion area of the course you will be studying the foundations of western philosophy with particular attention to Plato and Aristotle. Then you will focus on the philosophy of religion, which is devoted to different arguments about whether or not there is a God. Other key questions include: Do we have a soul? Is there life after death? When people say they experience God, does it make sense to believe them? Do ideas about God make sense and are they meaningful to others?


Religious Ethics:


In Ethics you will study the thinking behind the different ways in which humans make moral decisions. This includes Virtue Theory and the Natural Law theory. You will then go on to investigate how these theories impact upon some moral issues, including Euthanasia and sexual ethics. You will also explore ideas about what our conscience is, and how free our moral choices actually are.


Developments in Religious Thought:


Explore ideas about some controversial religious issues: Who are we (as human beings) and what is the purpose of life? Where do ideas about God come from and how did the Bible really come to be written? Who was Jesus, and what did he really teach? Why don’t all religious believers get on with each other? What is the future of religion and what role do gender issues play in its development?




A Level Course Structure


Students working towards the A Level will also study:


Philosophy of Religion:


ideas about the nature of God and issues in religious language.


Religious Ethics:


Ethical language and thought, debate surrounding the significant idea of conscience and sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.



Extended Learning



Each student will receive an extended learning book and one text book for each unit. As you progress through the course you will be expected to complete tasks relevant to each topic on a weekly basis.




Entry Criteria

Ideally Grade C GCSE Religious Studies


Course Leader

Mr. A. Mayers