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Religious Studies A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

What do we believe and why do we believe it? Who are we and why are we here? What ought we do and why should we do it? Philosophy and ethics encourages critical and systematic inquiry into fundamental questions of right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the meaning of life, and the nature of reality, knowledge and society. More than any other discipline, philosophy and ethics explores the core issues of the Western intellectual tradition.

Course content

The Study of Religion – Buddhism
Religious figures and Sacred texts, Religious Concepts; Religious life; Religious practices.

Development of religious thought and contemporary issues; Religious identity.

Philosophy of Religion
Cosmological Argument for the existence of God; Teleological Argument for the existence of God; The Non-Existence of God: the Problem of Evil; Religious Experience.

Arguments for the existence of God; Challenges to religious belief; Religious Language.

Ethics and Religion
Ethical Language and Thought; Aquinas’ Natural Law; Fletcher’s Situation Ethics; Utilitarianism. All applied to euthanasia and abortion.

Deontological ethics; Teleological ethics; Freewill and Determinism. All applied to embryo research, experimentation, transplantation and genetic engineering.

Entry requirements

At least a B grade in Religious Studies or a grade 5 in English. An interest in philosophical and ethical debates


Lessons will involve a range of different approaches to appeal to all learning styles. Alongside the traditional teaching through the use of PowerPoint delivery and note taking, there will be textbook reading and research. In addition there will be an emphasis on flipped learning encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning to fully benefit from lessons and develop skills which will prepare them for university. Seminar style lessons, debates and group discussions are built into schemes of learning where appropriate to allow controversial issues to be fully explored. The use of technology is fully embraced with regular access granted to our department iPads to promote sharing of and production of interactive resources.

Future opportunities

Philosophy and Ethics at A level is as useful to those students considering further education as it is to pupils entering employment. The qualification is highly regarded by universities and employers because of its underlying skills base. The skills of empathy, evaluation, forming a coherent argument, critical analysis and debate are applicable across a wide range of professions. It is an excellent preparation for a career in law, medicine, business, international diplomacy, social work, banking, armed forces, public relations, publishing, journalism, retail, librarian, counselling, marketing, consulting, civil service, teaching and accountancy (to name just a few!).


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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