Religious Studies (A-Level and AS)

Why study philosophy and ethics?
This course will enable you to develop your interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, and relate your learning to the wider world. The course encourages you to adopt an enquiring mind and to be critical in your thinking. You will also be able to reflect on and develop your own values, opinions and attitudes in light of your learning. 

What will I learn about?

• Philosophy of religion
Covering ancient philosophical influences, the nature of the soul, mind and body. Looking at arguments for the existence / non-existence of God. The nature and impact of religious experience, the challenge of the problem of evil. Then looking at the nature of God and issues in Religious Language.

• Religious ethics
The course will cover the study of Normative Ethical theories, application of the ethical theories to two contemporary moral issues – Euthanasia & Business Ethics. Looking then at ethical language and thought, debates around the significant idea of conscience. Finally sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious belief.

• Developments in Religious Thought
Religious beliefs, values and teaching, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world. Looking in detail at sources of wisdom & authority, practices which shape and express religious identity – considering how these vary within a tradition. Significant social & historical developments in theology & religious thought. Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.

How will I be assessed?
• Examinations

Future pathways and careers
• Law • Social services • Teaching • Medicine • Politics • Administration managemen

Entry requirements
GCSE grade B in religious studies, or philosophy and/or ethics

Examination board: OCR
Specification: H173/H573