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Religious Studies - Philosophy and Ethics AS/A Level at Idsall School

Course description

The Problem of Evil
Arguments for the Existence of God (Design and Cosmological)
Arguments for the Existence of God (Experience and ontological)
What is ‘proof’? Life After Death
Religious language and how it is criticised/defended

Religious Ethics
Where does ‘morality’ come from?
Ethical theories Ethical language
A wide choice of issues, including abortion & politics, Euthanasia, suicide, embryo research, attitudes towards homosexuality
The Moral Argument for the existence of God.
What does ‘good’ mean?

Entry requirements

Apart from the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form you are expected to achieve at least a grade 5 in English Language and a B grade in RE or Philosophy if you have taken them at GCSE. No previous study of Religion or Philosophy is required, but an open and enquiring mind definitely is! We look for students who are effective communicators, ready to analyse and discuss issues, who we will encourage to form a variety of opinions and support them with research and balanced judgements.

Future opportunities

In the world of work employers look for someone with a lively mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints and an ability to come to clear balanced decisions. Careers in Law, teaching, journalism, policing, publishing and working abroad are some of the options into which previous students of Philosophy and Ethics have progressed. It is a valuable qualification that leads on to a variety of courses, in Humanities, Arts and Sciences, as well as to specific courses in Religious Studies, Theology or related disciplines.

Further information

If you would like further information on any aspect of Philosophy and Ethics please contact
Mrs. P. O’Carroll - or
Mrs N. Parkinson -

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 November 2016

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