Religious Studies (Christianity, Philosophy & Ethics)
This course presents students with an opportunity to grapple with some of the most profound questions that have puzzled philosophers since the time of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
Does God exist? Why is there a universe, rather than nothing? Is there any point to pain and suffering? And how sure can we be when we try to answer these questions.
How to decide what is right and what is wrong – and how to tell the difference – is something that we ask ourselves every day. Students will consider answers to these questions by studying ethical theories such as utilitarianism, natural law and situation ethics and apply them to real-life situations. Students can test their instincts by debating about which is more important: happiness, loyalty or love? They will also consider whether the choices we make are really our own, or whether free will is just an illusion.
Students will also take an in-depth look at the world’s largest religious tradition – Christianity – to learn its most important beliefs and its impact on the lives of believers. They will consider how relevant religion is in modern society and debate whether it should be.
Religious Studies is an academic A Level course that is seen as excellent preparation for a wide range of higher education courses. Students go on to pursue careers in law, politics, the civil service, journalism, and advertising, as they are adept at using persuasive reasoning. Business management consultancies and chartered accountants are enthusiastic about people who have studied the subject as they can think critically and communicate clearly.
Grade 5 in Religious Studies or in English if not studied.
3 written exams at the end of Year 13; 1 for each of the 3 components of the course: religious studies, philosophy, and ethics.