Religion, Ethics & Philosophy

A Level

KEY FACTS

Qualification Type

A Level

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English language; the ability to enquire, think critically, reflect and evaluate to construct an argument; the ability to reflect on and develop own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

Assessment

Exam for each module
No coursework

Opportunities for Work Related Activities

Contemporary films and plays, visiting Crown Court.
In Religious Studies A level, we will consider the big questions of life: Is this world real? What do we mean by right and wrong? Should we obey our conscience? Should we do what makes us happy? Can we prove that God exists?

Course Overview

Year 1

Ethics 1: Ethical Theories: Natural Law; Kantian Ethics; Utilitarianism; Religious Ethics. Applied Ethics: Abortion; Euthanasia; Genetic Engineering; War and Peace.
Philosophy of Religion: Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion; Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion; Traditional arguments for the existence of God; Challenges to religious belief.

Year 2

Ethics 2: Meta-ethics; Free will and determinism; Conscience; Virtue ethics;  Applied ethics topics.
Religious Fundamentalism: We look at the origins of religious fundamentalism and in the world today.  We compare and contrast the Taliban and the Amish.
Philosophy of Religion: Religious Language; Experience and Religion; Nature of God; Life and Death; Miracles.

Progression

Religious Studies is about spiritual, ethical, social and moral questions so it is valuable in any profession and contributes to your personal development. It’s especially valuable if you are progressing into theology; philosophy; law; journalism; sociology and the social sciences; medicine; nursing and teaching.

Careers

Solicitor; doctor; journalism; teaching; youth work; police; counselling; armed forces; social work and law.