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Religious Studies at St Edward's College

Course description

The course begins by introducing the foundations of both philosophical and ethical thought through examining the thoughts of key thinkers such as Aristotle and Plato. You then go on to look at issues that arise in everyday life; for example sexual ethics and how God can allow evil to exist in the world. The course also considers ethical theories such as Natural Law, Utilitarianism and Christian ethics, and you will also examine what constitutes a human person and the coherence of the idea of life after death.


Course content

The great virtue of Philosophy and Ethics is that it teaches not what to think, but how to think. It is the study of meaning, of the principles underlying conduct, thought and knowledge. The skills it encourages are the ability to analyse, to question orthodoxies and to express things clearly. Essay writing and presenting your ideas to others is at the core of the subject.

Entry requirements

C grade in GCSE Religious Education.


There are three exams one on each of the three components studies (A Study of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics), these are taken at the end of the second year of study. Within lessons pupils will be assessed through the submission of essays.

Future opportunities

This is the fastest growing A Level in the country and is very attractive to prospective employers in the range of careers, which are mainly people orientated. Religious studies is, in commercial jargon, the ultimate “transferable work skill”. The subject is looked favourably upon if you are pursuing any arts based subject, but also in Medicine, Journalism and Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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