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Philosophy and Ethics A level at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

All learners will study two components;

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion and Religions Ethics

Component 2: Religion and Dialogues-Study of religion with Christianity as the main focus.

Entry requirements

The AQA A-Level in Religious Studies will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE. Learners will be introduced to a more advanced, complex approach to Religious Studies, and will develop a deeper understanding of the beliefs, teachings and philosophy they study. It does not require any previous study of RS at GCSE, but it does provide a good foundation. Vital requirements are an enquiring mind and a grade 6 or higher in English Language

Skills required

You will have to develop skills in essay writing, analysis, dealing with large amounts of material and selecting relevant information, and discussion.


There will be two 3 hour written papers at the end of Year 13. Each examination will assess one of the two components. Each paper is 50% of the final A-Level.

Component 1:

Philosophy of Religion: Students will study philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief. They will also explore philosophical language and thought, and the works of key thinkers, as illustrated in issues or debates in the philosophy of religion.

Religion and Ethics: Topics include normative ethical theories and key ethical concepts, as well as developments in the way these ideas are applied to significant issues in religion and belief. These will be illustrated in issues or debates in religion and ethics, and also by the application of ethical theory to current moral issues.

Component 2:

Religion and Dialogue: This unit provides an opportunity for the systematic study of one religious tradition (Christianity). This will include exploration of religious beliefs, values and teachings, sources of wisdom and authority. It will also include religious practices and the different ways in which these are expressed in the lives of individual, communities and societies.

Future opportunities

In the world of work employers look for someone with an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints, an ability to come to clear, balanced decisions. These skills all develop through RS. If you want to work with people, in caring work, teaching, journalism, publishing, policing, with children, health, catering, leisure and tourism or to work abroad in a cosmopolitan setting, RS will give you plenty to think about, and valuable expertise

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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