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Religious Studies AS and A Level at Whitmore High School

Course description

This course is for anyone interested in discussing religious arguments on the existence of God, the challenges to religious beliefs, the meaning or purpose of human existence; ethical theories and moral dilemmas. Questions such as ‘Can we know anything?’, ‘What is reality?’ ‘Do we have freewill?’ will be discussed from the basis of Philosophy of Religion, Religious Ethics and Developments in Religious Thought. You will develop your enquiry skills and ability to think critically and analytically.

Course content

AS/A Level

In Year 12 and Year 13, students will study three components: Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics and Developments in Religious Thoughts. They will not be expected to have first-hand knowledge of texts or philosophers. Students will sit three exams in each year each worth a third of the final grade. Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and assess critically the strengths and weaknesses of the given philosophies and approaches. 

Philosophy of Religion

In Philosophy of Religion students will study philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief. These include ancient philosophical influences, the nature of soul, mind and body, arguments about the existence or nonexistence of God, the nature and influence of religious experience, the problems of evil and suffering and the ideas about the nature of God. They will also explore philosophical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in the philosophy of religion.

Religion and Ethics

The study of Religion and Ethics is a study of ethical language and thought through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in religion and ethics, and also by the application of ethical theory to contemporary issues of importance, namely euthanasia, business ethics and sexual ethics. Learners will study normative ethical theories and key ethical language and thoughts, as well as debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and the influences on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Developments in Religious Thought

Developments in Religious Thought provides an opportunity for the systematic study of one religious tradition. This will include exploration of religious beliefs, values and teachings, sources of wisdom and authority and practices that shape and express religious identity. Also central are the ways in which religious traditions have evolved and developed over time, and religious responses to challenges and significant contemporary social issues.




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Future opportunities

Philosophy complements almost all subject areas.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Whitmore High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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