Philosophy & religious studies

Philosophy & religious studies

What is A level Philosophy & 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 euthanasia, business and issues surrounding sex.

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.

Subject leader

Jamie Harrison

"As well as being fascinating, philosophy and religious studies avoids the tediousness of pure memorisation and is emphatic in its need for your opinion, making it challenging in the best possible way. Foundational critical thinking skills are developed in tandem with a wonderfully engaging course."

Joe Pugh

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 with 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.


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