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Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) at St Martin's School Brentwood

Course description

This course introduces students to the origins of philosophical and ethical thinking with Western Civilisation. Themes and topics deal with ultimate issues such as God, Existence of life after death and applying ethics to specific topics.

During the course students are encouraged to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts covered and develop skills in argument and analysis, both in terms of discussion and written work.

The course is divided into two elements: Philosophy and Ethics

During the first term students study topics related to: Ancient Greek influences on religious philosophy, Judaeo-Christian influences on religious philosophy, the meta-physics of Plato and Aristotle, the use of religious language and God’s activity in the world (An introduction to concepts within ethical theory).

The second term continues to develop earlier themes by studying the traditional arguments for and against the existence of God, looking at Ethical theories.

The AS course concludes by considering the challenges Religion offers, Science and ethical theory as applied to medical ethics.

The second year of the A-Level course builds upon the experience gained at AS. The two themes of philosophy and ethics continue with students studying topics related to the nature of God, the distinction between body and soul, religious experience and religious language. Ethical theories include, meta-ethics, virtue ethics, the nature and role of conscience, free will and determinism, and religious and practical ethics as well as the inclusion of business ethics.

A final synoptic element connects the aspects of the course encountered in both Philosophy and Ethics

Entry requirements

RE (Full or Short Course) B


English B, History B, Sociology B or an equivalent Humanity B

Also preferred: English Language B

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Martin's School Brentwood directly.

Last updated date: 21 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years