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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Vyners School

Course description

COMPONENT 1: Philosophy of religion

  • ancient philosophical influences
  • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • the nature and impact of religious experience
  • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • the nature of the soul, mind and body
  • the possibility of life after death
  • ideas about the nature of God
  • issues in religious language.

COMPONENT 2: Religion and ethics

  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • ethical language and thought:
  • debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will
  • the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion

COMPONENT 3: Developments in Christian thought

  • religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.

Entry requirements

This course is extremely intensive in terms of written expression.

You will require a B grade in English and a B in Religious Education.

Prior philosophical knowledge is extremely desirable.


Component 1: Philosophy of religion, 2 hours, 33.3%, 120 Marks
Component 2: Religion and ethics, 2 hours, 33.3%, 120 Marks
Component 3: Developments in Christian thought, 2 hours, 33.3%, 120 Marks

Future opportunities

The discipline of this subject can allow you to improve your thinking skills through critical analysis of different theories of thought, reading and analytical writing.

Theology, Philosophy or Religious Studies can be studied in institutions of further and higher education.

It can be a vocational subject as well as lead to other professions such as, journalism, law, broadcasting, the Civil Service, industry and education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 May 2016
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