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Religious Studies AS/A2 Level at The Basildon Academies Sixth Form

Course description

The overall aim of this course is to provide an understanding
of a variety of key issues in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.

You will learn:

  • how to think clearly and logically about the philosophy of religion
  • a clear understanding of ethical theories which underlie moral decision making
  • a better comprehension of the differing views in moral issues
  • how to develop rational argument on many controversial topics.

Course content

AS level students take:
Unit G571: Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient Greek influences of Philosophy of Religion
  • Judaeo-Christian influences on religion
  • Traditional arguments for the existence of God (Ontological,  Teleological, Cosmological and Moral Arguments).
  • Arguments against the existence of God
  • Science and religion.

Unit G572 - Religious Ethics

  • Ethical theories

o Utilitarianism,
o Natural Law,
o Kant,
o Religious Ethics

  • Applied Ethics –

o War and Peace,
o Euthanasia
o Abortion,
o Genetics.

At A2 level students take:
G581 - Philosophy of Religion

  • Religious language,
  • Religious experiences
  • The nature of God,
  • Life after death
  • Miracles.

G582 - Religious Ethics

  • Meta-Ethics
  • Freewill and Determination
  • Conscience
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Business and Environmental Ethics

Entry requirements

General Sixth form inc.
English GCSE Grade B.


G571 -  1 hour 30 minutes examination; 50% of final AS grade; 25% of A2
G572  - 1 hour 30 minutes examination; 50% of final AS grade; 25% of A2
G581 -  1 hour 30 minute examination; 25% of A2 grade
G582  - 1 hour 30 minute examination; 25% of A2 grade

Future opportunities

Religious Studies combines well with almost all other humanities AS and
A Level subjects such as History, Geography and English. In addition, if
taken with sciences, Religious Studies will give you a broad-based curriculum.

It can lead to a variety of university courses and careers such as law, business,
economics, philosophy, teaching and media studies. It is a good course for those
wishing to work with others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Basildon Academies Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

Key information

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