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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion A level at Hartismere School

Course description

The course will enable you to:

 ·        develop your interest and enjoyment of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics through the investigation, study and interpretation of significant philosophical and ethical issues, such as ‘Does God exist?’

·        think rigorously and present widely informed and detailed arguments with well substantiated conclusions

·        reflect on, express and justify your opinions

·        interpret and evaluate religious concepts, ideas, arguments and the views of scholars

·        develop skills needed for independent research 

Course content

hat is in this course?

AS One Year Course
Unit 1: Foundations 

In this unit there are two study areas:
a) Ethics, the relationship between religion and morality, Utilitarianism, situation ethics, issues of war and peace and sexual ethics.
b) Philosophy of religion: the design argument, the cosmological argument, problems of evil and suffering and philosophical debates about miracles.
Unit 2: Investigations 
In this unit students will be given guidance and support to research an area of Medical Ethics, Equality or Environmental Ethics, for examination.

A Level Two Year Course 
This consists of the two AS units plus the following two units:
Unit 3: This builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in unit 1: Foundations.
a) Ethics critiques of the relationship between religion and morality. Deontology, Natural Law and Virtue Ethics, Ethical Language, Objectivity, Relativism and Subjectivism, Justice, Law and Punishment.
b) Philosophy of Religion. Religious Experience, Ontological argument, Atheism, beliefs about life after death and the study of religious language.
Unit 4: Implications 
This is the synoptic unit. In this unit students consider implications of how far particular beliefs and values might affect people's understanding or awareness (including their own) of:
1 Religion
2 Human experience

What can you expect from the lessons? 
This course is mainly delivered through classroom based activities such as teacher-led discussions, presentations, individual research as well as practical activities.

Entry requirements

There is no requirement to have studied GCSE Religious Studies in order to take this course but you should have gained a grade B in GCSE English.


Assessment is through a mix of exam and coursework. 

Future opportunities

The transferable skills developed on the course enable you to carry on your study at university with courses such as Philosophy or combined with a wide range of subjects such as French, History and Sociology and Psychology. It is particularly useful for medicine, health, welfare teaching, the police and media.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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