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Religous Education AS/A2 Level at Helsby High School

Course description

The A Level course is challenging, stimulating and thought-provoking and of interest to anyone who wonders about the nature and meaning of life.  A range of topics are studied including aspects of Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics, and Religion and Contemporary Society. The course gives insight into how Philosophers, Scholars and Religions have responded to ultimate questions about life and death, values and relationships, right and wrong, and examines how these have influenced the culture, thought and values of western society.

Religious Studies “Philosophy and Ethics” is an inclusive subject, designed for students of any faith or no faith.  It is not necessary to have taken Religious Studies GCSE, although the AS/A2 Level builds on this knowledge, understanding and skills. What is more important is a desire to examine and evaluate fundamental questions of human existence.

Course content

The units studied at AS are:

  • Unit 1 Ethics – Utilitarianism; Situation Ethics; Abortion and Euthanasia
  • Unit 2 Philosophy of Religion – The Cosmological Argument for God; Religious Experience; Retreat of Religion and Rise of Atheism; Postmodernism

The units studied at A2 are:

  • Unit 3 Philosophy of Religion – Faith and Reason and the Ontological Argument for God; Meaning and Function of Religious Language; The Problem of Evil.
  • Unit 4 Moral Decision Making – Examines contemporary Medical Ethics involving scientific, religious and moral responses.

Entry requirements

  • English— grade B
  • Humanities—grade B


2 written exams at the end of each year.

Further information

Other opportunities include participation in a nationally recognised Philosophy and Ethics revision Conference; Two students become ambassadors for Holocaust Education following a visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Helsby High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016

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