Religion, Ethics & Philosophy

A Level

COURSE OVERVIEW

This course is a great follow on from GCSE RS, equally it can be accessible for those who could not take RS at GCSE. It has a balance of Ethics, Philosophy and Theology.

Year 1

Ethics 1: Ethical Theories: Natural Law; Utilitarianism; Religious Ethics. Applied Ethics: Abortion; Euthanasia; 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 and Atheism.

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.

Curriculum:

As a student of Religious studies, you will develop:

  • Your own values, opinions and attitudes towards a variety of ethical and philosophical contemporary issues
  • Your interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world
  • Your knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion (currently Islam)
  • Your understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies
  • A deeper understanding of religion and an appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies, as well as an understanding of non-religious/secular views on religious thought
  • An enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, including considering the views of scholars/academics.

You will also study different ethical dilemmas such as euthanasia, abortion and the death penalty, and research the problem of evil and philosophical language.

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

Many employers and universities value the skills that are fostered through Religious Studies. There are a variety of career opportunities that students could follow into which include law, accountancy, medicine, commerce and industry, politics and research, business management, journalism, travel industry, civil service, youth work and teaching.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.
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

Visiting Crown Court, debates and contemporary films.