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Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

Religious Studies provides an invaluable contribution to the study of Philosophy and Ethics. You will find a philosophical training extremely useful. It will help you become sharper, more articulate and more confident in your ability to reason. Students study three units over two years. This course is divided equally between Philosophy, Ethics and a new, exciting unit Developments in Religious Thought. This final unit compliments those students studying Sociology or Psychology.

Course content

A Level Units
At A level, the course is divided between the three units with a written assessment for each. In Ethics, students study abortion, euthanasia the right to a child genetic engineering, embryo research, environmental ethics, sex and relationships, war, peace and justice, from the perspective of the ethical theories. The ethical theories studied are: Utlitarianism, Kant, virtue ethics, determinism and libertarianism. In Philosophy, students study the questions that are at the very heart of Philosophy, and we find out about the people who spent their lives trying to discover the answers. Areas of study include: religious experience, do I know that the world around me is real or is it some sort of elaborate illusion, as in the film The Matrix. The Development of Religious Thought studies the challenges that Psychology, Sociology and Psychoanalysis may bring to religion. Building on the origins of thought in the Philosophical and Ethical sections this sections looks at the themes of ‘Insight’, ‘Foundations’ and ‘Living’.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Religious Studies
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics


This course is examined by a written paper for each unit. Each examination will be 2 hours (worth 120 marks each).

Future opportunities

Religious Studies A level is viewed with the same high academic standing as other A levels by universities and employers. Past students have used their qualification to go on to study philosophy, ethics, law, theology, psychology, sociology or history as a degree. Previous students have gone on to careers in: journalism, teaching, social work, law, nursing, the media and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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  • Start date: Next September


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