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Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) AS/A level at Highbury Grove School

Course description

This course will encourage your interest in and enthusiasm for religious studies. It will provide you with anunderstanding of its intrinsic value and significance.You willacquire an understanding of different philosophical theories and debate different ethical situations.

The AS is comprised of two modules Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics. As with all the humanities subjects, you will acquire a broad skill set, such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and the ability to produce extended evaluative pieces of writing.

Course content



Unit One: Philosophy of Religion

Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion; Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion; Traditional arguments for the existence of God; Challenges to religious belief.


Unit Two: Religious Ethics

Ethical theories; Applied ethics topics




Unit Three: Philosophy of Religion

Religious language; Experience and religion; Nature of God; Life and death; Miracle.


Unit Four: Religious Ethics

Meta-ethics; Free will and determinism; Conscience; Virtue ethics; Applied ethics topics.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above including minimum grade B in English and Maths. 

This is a natural progression for students that have studied Religious Studies at GCSE level. Whilst a knowledge of religious studies would be beneficial it is not essential for anyone wishing to study for this course.


100% examination.

Future opportunities

Religious studies and philosophy are both well-respected subjects that compliment other humanities or art based topics and can lead to a wide range of careers such as law, journalism, archaeology, management, politics, the Civil Service or social work.

Further information

Pre-course reading or preparation

  • Cole, P. Philosophy of Religion, Hodder 1999
  • Davies, B. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, OUP 1993
  • Gaarder, J. Sophie’s World, Phoenix 1994
  • Honderich, T. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, OUP 1995
  • Richards, H. J. Philosophy of Religion,(Second Edition) Heinemann 1999
  • Thompson, M. An Introduction to Philosophy, Hodder 1995
  • Vardy, P. The Puzzle of God, Fount 1999
  • Vardy, P The Puzzle of Evil, Fount 1992

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 August 2016
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