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Philosophy & Ethics A Level

The course will offer you an in depth study of Philosophy and Ethics.  There will be an opportunity to develop what you have already learned about in your GSCE RS studies, and the opportunity to investigate new and more complex philosophical and ethical problems.

An A Level in Religious Studies requires you to develop many important transferable skills such as essay writing and critical analysis, offering you a strong foundation with which to continue your education at university.

+ Course details and future career paths

Unit 1: Philosophy

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death.

Unit 2: Ethics

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant

Unit 3: Study of Religion

  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism.

+ Progression

Religious Studies provides many occasions for personal and intellectual growth; you will also gain cultural literacy and you will be asked to interpret and express your position on controversial and hotly debated issues. Religious Studies will offer you a strong skill-set to take to university, including critical thinking, analysis and independent study skills suitable for English, History, Philosophy or Theology degree courses. Religious Studies is excellent preparation for any university degree within Arts and Humanities, and even for vocational degrees such as Medicine, which require you to have an understanding of ethics and which will include modules about Medical Ethics as preparation for work.

For those considering taking Religious Studies forward to degree level, a Bachelor’s degree in subjects such as Theology, Comparative Religion or Philosophy imposes no limitations and lends its own particular strengths to a number of different career choices.

Graduate in these areas have gone on to professional training in:

  • Business (particularly international business)
  • Counselling and Social Work
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine

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Phone: 01980 652 467