Religious Studies (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics) A Level at Blenheim High School
To study Religion, Philosophy & Ethics is to study our history, our life, morals, your decisions, key figures, the universe and all the questions in life that just don’t seem to be able to be answered. Many of the questions you will study have confused some of the world’s greatest ever thinkers: Why am I here? Is there a God? What is good? This course will not give you the answers to these questions, as there are no right answers, but will help you to understand their importance in our ever changing world. The study of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics will develop essential skills such as essay writing, textual interpretation, critical thinking, analysis, debate, problem solving and evaluation. If you have ever felt that there is more to understand and explore than simply what you see in front of you, then this is the course for you.
The course is split into three components:
1) Philosophy of Religion
2) Religion and Ethics
3) New Testament Studies
3 x 2 hour exams at the end of the two year course.
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is an extremely well-respected discipline in both the academic and employment world. A good qualification in this subject will show that you have the ability to think around important issues and develop problem-solving skills. All careers are governed by ethical principles and an ability to understand these would certainly be deemed an advantage by employers. The ancient Greeks originally established universities as a forum for Philosophical/Ethical debate – universities today respect the subject greatly.
Past opportunities have included trips to Rome to see the heart of Roman Catholicism and a joint trip with Social Sciences to New York. In addition, opportunities to attend lectures from key speakers and examiners have been well attended. The department hopes to continue building on these exciting opportunities and offer similar trips as well as visits to countries not yet explored.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blenheim High School directly.