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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Rugby High School

Course description

A-level Religious Studies is a demanding academic subject which is valuable preparation for any career requiring an understanding of others, and an ability to relate to people of different backgrounds and ideas. It involves research, essay writing, developing analytical skills and independent thinking. Most of our students find the subject both interesting and challenging and go on to achieve good results.

Course content

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion (2 hours exam, 3 questions)
Learners will study:
- ancient philosophical influences
- arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
- the nature and impact of the religious experience
- the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
- the nature of the soul, mind and body
- the possibility of life after death
- ideas about the nature of God
- issues in religious language.

Component 2: Religion and Ethics (2 hours written paper, 3 questions)
Learners will study:
- normative ethical theories
- the application of ethical theory to two contemporary
- issues of importance
- ethical language and thought:
- debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will
- the influence on the ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion

Component 3: Developments in religious thought (2 hours written paper, 3 questions)
In this component, learners have the opportunity to undertake a systematic study of key concepts within the development of Christian thought
Learners will study:
- religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
- sources of religious wisdom and authority
- practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
- significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
- key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in English

Future opportunities

Students who are hoping to pursue further studies in Medicine, Politics, Law, Business, Media, Teaching and Journalism will find the study of Philosophy & Ethics extremely worthwhile.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2017
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