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Religious Studies A Level at London Academy of Excellence

Course description

Religious Studies at LAE is the study of the philosophy and ethics that helps usmake
sense of themodern world: what we know, how we know it, how we act, and how we
know how to act. You will explore the very foundations of society’smoral framework.
You will examine the concept of a god. You will question everything and assume
nothing. Alwaysmake sure that what you are hearing is the truth and nothing but the
truth. Be assured, Religious Studies takes nothing for granted.

Course content

You will look at two key areas in the study of
religion, which also give you an insight into the
wider philosophical context of the discipline.
The course is divided into ethics and the
philosophy of religion, and you study both
throughout Years 12 and 13.
In ethics you will learn about the way in which
thinkers throughout history have tried to create
ethical systems.What is Kant’s Categorical
Imperative? Are you aMillsian Utilitarian? You
will use ethically problematic situations such
as euthanasia in order to interrogate these
thinkers and to probe the limitations of
their reasoning.
Philosophy of religion is a significant
development fromGCSE Religious Studies.
We start by trying to work out why a horse is
a horse, and from there wemake our way to
analysing such challenging propositions that
the existence ofGod is nothingmore than a
mental illness. Simple questions soon provoke
rich and complex and stimulating discussions.
We will analyse the work of some of the world’s
greatest thinkers.What did Platomean by
‘forms’? Does Aristotle’s’ definition of a Prime
Mover prove the existence ofGod?
Religious Studies helps you develop the
vital skills necessary for both study and life.
The ability to give coherent and cogent
explanations is necessary inmany degree
courses and careers, but, on top of that,
being able to consider themorality of a
decision – to answer rationally “should I do
this?” as well as “can I do this?” – is hugely
important in every aspect of life.


Entry requirements

Be aware of what is happening in your world,
andmake sure that you identify and question
all your assumptions. There are a lot of ethical
and philosophical questions posed by films,
books and television programmes: watch
them, enjoy them, and think hard about them.
You should be forming your own opinions and
be prepared to defend them with reasons.
Always seek out viewpoints which challenge
your own and be determined to understand
the opposing perspective: no opinion should
ever be dismissed out of hand.



In the summer you will sit two exam papers
from theOCR specification.One will examine
philosophy of religion, and the other ethics.
Both of these ask questions that test your
argumentative and analytical skills as well as
your factual knowledge.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact London Academy of Excellence directly.

Last updated date: 09 July 2015

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