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Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics A Level at John Hampden Grammar School

Course description

RS: Philosophy and Ethics aims to provide students with a thorough grounding into the main concepts, themes and arguments associated with the subject. The course requires candidates to demonstrate a range and depth of knowledge and understanding, a greater maturity of thought and expression and more developed analytical skills. Students will investigate and form reasoned responses to fundamental questions such as:

  • How should I live?
  • Is there such a thing as moral truth?
  • Are our choices truly free?
  • Can God’s existence be proved philosophically?
  • Can a war ever be truly just?
  • What do we mean when we talk about life after death?


Unit G571: Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion
  • Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion
  • Traditional arguments for the existence of God
  • Challenges to religious belief.

Unit G572: Religious Ethics

  • Ethical theories
  • Applied ethics topics

Unit G581: Philosophy of Religion

  • Religious language
  • Experience and religion
  • Nature of God
  • Life and death
  • Miracle

Unit G582: Religious Ethics

  • Meta-ethics
  • Free will and determinism
  • Conscience
  • Virtue ethics
  • Applied ethics topics

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are as follows – all of these requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of 7 GCSE full course passes at a C grade or higher
  • A minimum GCSE total points score of 344 based on the best 8 full course separate subject GCSE passes
  • A minimum C grade in English Language and Mathematics
  • Must have studied Full or Short-Course GCSE RS and achieved a B

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Hampden Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years