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Philosophy of Religion & Ethics at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School

Course description

“Studying RS opens my mind to questions I hadn’t even thought about. It is so interesting to study and share ideas relating to our own existence on earth. I would definitely encourage you to study RS if you want to be involved in thought provoking, challenging and deep lessons. As Socrates said: ‘An unexamined life is not worth living.’”

Atiyyah Patel Current Year13

Course content

AS Unit 1 ‘Foundations’

Philosophy of Religion

A study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God.

  • Design argument
  • Cosmological argument

A study of selected problems in the philosophy of religion

  • Evil and suffering
  • Miracles

Ethics

A study of ethical concepts.

  • The relationship between religion and morality
  • Utilitarianism
  • Situation ethics

A study of ethical dilemmas

  • Issues of war and peace
  • Sexual ethics

AS Unit 2 ‘Investigations’

A study of Religious Experience

A2 Unit 3 ‘Developments’

Philosophy of Religion

A study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God

  • Religious experience
  • Ontological Argument
  • Critiques of religion

A study of selected problems in the philosophy of religion

  • Life after death
  • Religious language

Ethics

A study of ethical concepts

  • Critiques of morality
  • Deontology, Natural Moral Law
  • Virtue Ethics

A study of selected problems in ethics

  • Debates about ‘good’
  • Emotivism
  • Objectivity, Relativism and Subjectivism
  • Justice, law and punishment

A2 Unit 4 ‘Implications’

Philosophy of Religion

  • Religious Language (Ayer)
  • Religious Experience (Donovan)
  • The Emergence of Philosophy of Religion (Westphal)

Entry requirements

We do have a minimum requirement of five grade Bs or higher at GCSE. English Language (minimum Grade C) is also required. There are also entry requirements linked to most AS subjects (usually grade B or better). Admission to Year 13 is currently set at 3 grade Ds from your AS results.

Subject Specific

Required: Grade A* - B in English Desired: GCSE Religious Studies Grade A* - B if studied

Assessment

There will be 2 exams at AS level and 2 exams at A2 level.

There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Philosophy, Religious Studies Theology, History, History with Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Midwifery, Social Work , Teaching, Civil Service, Personnel, Psychology, Law and Medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Girls' Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015
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