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Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

This stimulating course gives students an opportunity to explore some of the most profound questions asked by mankind over the last 3000 years.

The subject can be particularly useful for building a student’s skills of analysis and evaluation. Everyone who takes the course can make a valuable contribution, as philosophy is very much about unlocking and understanding the human experience

Course content

AS Level

  • UNIT 1: PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION Students study philosophicl issues and questions raised by religion and belief. These include arguments regarding the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and influence of religious experience, the nature of the soul, mind and body, and the possibility of life after death.
  • UNIT 2: RELIGION AND ETHICS The unit is characterised by a study of ethical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers. Relevant current issues in religion and ethics are used to illustrate the debate.
  • UNIT 3: DEVELOPMENTS IN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT Students study one religious tradition in detail. This will include exploration of religious beliefs, values and teachings, sources of wisdom and authority and practices that shape and express religious identity. There are five options to choose from: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism.

A Level

The A-Level course involves students studying the topics studied at AS Level in greater depth and detail with assessment at different levels.

  • UNIT 4: ADDITIONAL TOPICS Additional topics include Ancient philosophical influences, Soul mind and body, Life after death and Challenges to belief. Twentieth century perspectives examines the challenges posed by logical positivism, language games, the falsification symposium and debate over whether religious language should be viewed cognitively or non-cognitively.
  • UNIT 5: ADDITIONAL TOPICS Additional topics include debates surrounding the significant ideas of Conscience and free will, the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs, and the philosophy of religion.
  • UNIT 6: ADDITIONAL TOPICS Additional topics include significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought, and key themes related to the relationships between religion and society


Entry requirements

English GCSE at Grade C or above.


AS Level: 3 Exams

A- Level: 3 Exams

Future opportunities

The subject enables students to develop study skills that are especially useful as preparation for courses and careers that involve researching, analysing and synthesising information.

Examples include law, government and media work

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wymondham College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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