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A Level Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) at Royal Latin School

Course description

This programme of study will suit students who enjoy: examining ideas and theories; arguing different points of view; critical thinking; discussion; questioning; independent learning; and debating.

Areas of study include: Ethical theories: Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Religion and Morality; Applied Ethics: Sexual Ethics, Justice, Law and Authority, and Issues of War and Peace; Philosophy, Ancient Greek influences on philosophy—includes Plato and Aristotle: Atheism, Arguments for and Against the Existence of God, Questions about Life after Death, Reincarnation, The Problem of Evil, Miracles and Religious Experience.

The aims of the GCE qualification in Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) are to encourage students to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of philosophy and ethics and to use an enquiring and critical approach to the study of philosophical issues.

Course content

Year 1: The course consists of two units: G571 Philosophy of Religion and G572 Ethics, G571 and G572 are assessed by two written exams.

Year 2: The course consists of a further two units (G581 and G582) in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and are assessed by two written examinations. These units are designed to build on knowledge and understanding developed at AS level.

Entry requirements

We require a grade B or better in Religious Studies GCSE. If you have not studied Religious Studies at GCSE we will require a grade B in English. Advanced level Religious Studies is available to candidates regardless of any religious persuasion and none. This is a course of philosophical enquiry.


Assessment is by examination. The examinations are held in June for both AS and A2.

Further information

We would expect you to: read a wide range of texts; be comfortable writing essays to a high standard; contribute to class discussions; prepare material in advance of lessons; and undertake a programme of background reading. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics is a rigorous and academic discipline and the title of your award would be GCE Religious Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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