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Philosophy of Religion & Ethics A Level at Dartford Grammar School for Girls

Course description


This A level is designed to develop rigorous understanding and appreciation of the complex nature of religious beliefs, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Students will develop their skills of critcal analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguements and responses to challenging philosphical ethical and religious ideas.

1. Philosophy of Religion:

Students will study philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief. Including:

•         Ancient Philosophical Influences – the ideas of Plato and Aristotle about the nature of reality.

•          Arguments for the existence of God - Design, Ontological, Cosmological.

•          The problem of evil and suffering – how does evil support atheism?

•          Religious language - the debate about how meaningful religious language is and if so in what  way.

2. Ethics:

Students will explore key concepts of ethics and the works of influential thinkers. Ethical theory will also be applied to issues of importance.  Including:

•          Utilitarianism – is what is good what is best for the majority?

•          Kantian Ethics – should we follow our duty?

•          Situation Ethics – what is the most loving this to do?

•          Application of ethical theories to Business Ethics, Euthanasia and Sexual Ethics.

3. Developments in Christian Thought:

Students will systematically study of the Christian tradition, exploring religious beliefs, values and religious responses to challenges and significant contemporary social issues. Including:

•          Augustine on human nature and sin – are humans flawed?

•          Knowing God – can humans understand what God is like?

•          Bonhoeffer on moral action – should Christians ever go against the State?

•          Feminist theology – is it sexist to refer to God as ‘He’?

A mixture of class teaching, group work, student led seminars and
independent work. Students will be provided with reading packs and
will be expected to read widely around topics and make their own


Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Religious Studies or English Language


Units 1, 2 and 3 will each be assessed by a 2 hour written examination.

Future opportunities

You can use this qualification to access a wide range of degree courses that value evaluative skills and a critical mind; including Psychology, Sociology, English, History, Archaeology, Law, Philosophy, Theology as well as Religious Studies.

Students can expect to pursue successful careers in the Media, Law, Police, Welfare, Medicine, Civil Service, Politics, Education, Banking and so on.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 November 2017
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