Philosophy and Religious Studies

Jenna Pinto
Jenna Pinto

WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

Philosophy of Religion explores classical arguments for and against theism, atheism and agnosticism.
It comprises of abstract thinking as well as logical arguments for and against the existence of God. Religious Ethics looks at religious and secular arguments about morality, all of which are applied to medical ethics and war and peace.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

Philosophy and Religious Studies is a traditional subject which is highly regarded by universities, it is also essential in an evolving world which is increasingly concerned with good ethical practices, diversity and the need to understand different cultural and religious viewpoints for social harmony.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

Debating controversial and topical issues and how such issues have evolved. You should expect an overlap with other subjects such as science when considering medical ethics as well as some geographical issues when discussing environmental ethics. Equally, you should expect to convey ideas
and opinions which are based on well informed research in a sensitive and considerate manner which recognises the diversity of others on the course, within college and the community at large and be prepared to contrast this with other cultural norms.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

Assessment is through examinations.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

This is suitable for all students regardless if you have studied GCSE at RE. It is essential to keep an open mind as many of the topics explore abstract concepts as well as those that may conflict with your own beliefs. The great thing about the subject is that you will be given the opportunity to evaluate them in detail.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES?

The course will support your progression to higher education and employment in a variety of roles in all sectors. Philosophy and Religious Studies is highly regarded by universities and employers, you will develop a wide range of transferable skills that will support your progression into any sector.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

  • Ancient Greek ideas (Plato and Aristotle)
  • Arguments for the existence of God (Teleological, Cosmological and Ontological)
  • The Moral Argument
  • Science and Religion
  • The Problem of Evil

RELIGIOUS ETHICS

  • Natural Law
  • Utilitarianism
  • Kant
  • Christian Ethics

You will apply each of the above to issues surrounding Abortion and The Right to a Child, Euthanasia and The Right to Life, Genetic Engineering and War and Peace.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

Students have attended a conference with the Dalai Lama and Russell Brand on issues surrounding peace at the MEN. Additionally, the humanities honours programme hones in on abstract thinking and ethical dilemmas and puts them into a wider context which overlaps with a historical, psychological and geographical viewpoint.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.
  • In addition, a grade 4 or above is required in English Language.