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Theology and Philosophy A Level at St Edmund Campion Catholic School

Course description

Are you intrigued by questions such as Does God exist? If God exists, why is there evil? Is there a duty to be moral? Is religion a good thing? Do you like arguing and debating?

Then Theology is the course for you.

Studying Theology opens up fascinating and challenging questions which stretch you on both an intellectual and personal level.

Lessons put great emphasis upon students leading discussions, developing critical reasoning skills and facing up to the moral, spiritual and cultural issues presented by modern society.

You can expect to analyse key texts, research the work of early and modern theologians and develop your own ideas in the context of a complex and ever-changing world.

The Theology specification as a whole is designed to offer an academic approach to the study of Philosophy and Ethics and the manner in which they are supported or challenged by religion. The course is accessible to students of any religious persuasion, or none.

Course content

100% examination:
- Philosophy of Religion (2hrs) – 33% of total exam
- Religion and Ethics (2hrs) - 33% of total exam
- Christian Theology (2hrs)- 33% of total exam

Philosophy of Religion
- Ancient philosophical influences
- The nature of the soul, mind and body
- Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
- The nature and impact of religious experience
- The challenge for religious belief: the problem of evil
- Ideas about the nature of God
- Issues in religious language

Religion and Ethics
- Normative ethical theories
- The application of ethical theory to Euthanasia and business ethics
- Ethical language and thought
- Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
- Sexual ethics and the influence on the ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Christian Theology
- Augustine’s teaching on human nature
- Death and the afterlife
- The person of Jesus
- Christian moral principles and action
- Religious pluralism and Theology
- Gender and society
- The challenge of secularism
- Liberation Theology

The very nature of the course shows that students can handle abstract theory; vital for many degree courses. It is a highly regarded subject for university admission.

Entry requirements

B in Religious Education GCSE

Future opportunities

Past students have gone on to study Theology at university and have entered the following professions: journalism, politics, law, medical professions, social work, charity officer, teaching, counsellor and youth worker.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edmund Campion Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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