Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics)


Course Duration: 2 years Course Level: A Level
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Why study Religious Studies?

  • I am keen to explore the meaning of life
  • I am interested in other people, their culture and beliefs
  • I enjoy debates, discussions, group activities and problem solving.

What does the course consist of?

The linear Religious Studies course will be a third ethics, a third philosophy and a third developments in religious thought.
The course is about asking big questions and looking at a range of responses:

  • What is real?
  • Is there a God?
  • Is there a right way to live?
  • Are certain actions always wrong?
  • Who was Jesus?
  • What role does religion play in a multi-faith and often secular society?

In philosophy we look at the work of Plato and Aristotle, arguments for the existence of God and thinking about human nature – the mind body debate. In ethics we look at different ways of taking  ethical decisions and how these apply in areas such as sexuality, business and euthanasia.

In developments in religious thought we look at themes such as: human nature, the purpose of life, the self and immortality and Feminism and faith.

How is this course assessed?

  • By examination.

What might this course lead on to?

  • Any career working with people or where knowledge of other cultures would be useful, for example the Police, Social Work, Medicine and the Media
  • Any career where thinking skills and analytical writing are required. It would be particularly useful for those entering the Legal Profession, Journalism, Teaching, Advertising, Marketing and Business Management
  • Higher education.
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