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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at John F Kennedy Catholic School

Course description

A level Religious Studies is of interest to students wishing to build upon what they have learnt in their GCSE Religious Studies. The course is of considerable value in its own right and there are many courses in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Theology in further Education. The A level may complement and balance choices in other subject areas, especially humanity subjects. The Edexcel Specification offers an academic approach to the study of philosophy, ethics and New Testament and is accessible to candidates of any religious persuasion or none.

The course encourages students to: 

Develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world. 

Treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study of religious ideas. 

Adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religious concepts. 

Reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

Course content

The A Level GCE is made up of three units covering the topics of the Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and New Testament Studies. The three units are taught over Years 12 & 13 

Year 12: Philosophy of Religion

• Arguments for the existence of God

• Religious Experience

• The problem of suffering


• The link between religion and morality

• Situation Ethics

• Utilitarianism

• Natural Law

• War Peace & Sexual Ethics  

New Testament Studies

• Context of the New Testament

• Person of Jesus

• St John’s Gospel  

Year 13:

Philosophy of Religion

• Religious Language

• Atheism

• Life after Death

• Science & Religion  


• Meta-Ethics

• Deontology

• Virtue Ethics

• Medical Ethics

New Testament Studies

• Scriptural Analysis

• St Luke’s Gospel

• Investigation into the Resurrection

• Social Morality  


Externally assessed by examination - summer at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1 – Philosophy of Religion – 2 Hours – 4 compulsory questions

Paper 2 – Religion & Ethics – 2 Hours – 4 compulsory questions

Paper 3 – New Testament Studies – 2 Hours – 4 compulsory questions

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John F Kennedy Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2016
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