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Religious Studies A Level at Coombe Boys' School

Course description

The aims of this course are to encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of Philosophy and Ethics and relate it to the wider world; to treat the subject as an academic discipline by developing knowledge; to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of Philosophy and Ethics and reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

AS/A2 skills: Students are required to develop the following skills:

1. To reflect on, select and use specific knowledge

2. To interpret and evaluate Philosophical and Ethical concepts, issues, ideas, the relevance of arguments and the view of scholars

3. To use appropriate language and terminology in context

4. To use reasoned arguments substantiated by evidence

Course content

1. Philosophy of Religion a. The Cosmological Argument b. Religious Experience c. Psychology and Religion d. Atheism and Postmodernism

2. Religion and Ethics a. Utilitarianism b. Situation Ethics c. Religion teaching on the nature and value of human life d. Abortion and euthanasia

3. Traditional arguments for the existence of God

4. Challenges to Religious Belief

5. Religion and Science

6. Ethical Theories - Natural Law, Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism, Religious Ethics

7. Applied Ethics a. Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering

Entry requirements

Students who would benefit most from studying a GCE in Religious Studies are likely to have a Level 2 qualification such as a GCSE in Religious Studies at grades A*- B. This qualification supports progression into further education, training or employment.


Assessment : Exams are taken in June

AS Philosophy and Religious Ethics 2 x 50% of the total AS GCE marks 2 x 1.15min written paper – 90 marks each Candidates are required to answer two two-part essay questions from a choice of four on each paper

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years