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Christianity and the Philosophy of Religion / Christianity and Ethics A Level at Caistor Grammar School

Course description

Students will study Philosophy and Ethics, with equal emphasis on both learning areas and both relating to Christian ideas, morals and practices.

The course is designed to:

  • Allow students to gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media.
  • Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion.

Religious Studies is a thought provoking subject and contemporary themes will help inspire students to actively engage in discussion.

Course content

Christianity and Philosophy of Religion (50% of total exam)

Students must develop knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • God
  • The challenge from Science
  • Evil and suffering including the problem of evil and suffering, including Hick’s soul making theodicy and the Free will defence and Process theodicy.
  • Christianity and the nature and function of religion including the challenges of secularisation and Freud and Marx on the nature and function of religion.
  • Arguments for existence of God, including Design (Teleological), Ontological and Cosmological Arguments and criticisms
  • Sources of religious wisdom and authority in Christianity
  • Religious experience including the nature of religious experience including Visions, Numinous experiences and Mystical experiences
  • Self, death and the afterlife. The nature of soul and the possibility of continuing personal existence after death
  • Religious language is it meaningful or not? Including verificationism, falsificationism etc
  • Miracles

Christianity and Ethics (50% of total exam)

  • Key moral principles
  • Christian religious identity
  • Christianity and sexual identity, views on Marriage, adultery, divorce, feminism and homosexuality
  • Christianity and religious pluralism including the impact of migration and encounters with other faiths.
  • Normative ethical theories including Deontological (Natural moral law), Teleological (Situation ethics), Character based (Virtue ethics) and their application to the issues of theft and lying.
  • The application of natural moral law, situation ethics and virtue ethics to issues of human life and death such as the status and rights of the embryo; sanctity of life, Embryo research, cloning, ‘designer babies, abortion, voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide and capital punishment.
  • The application of natural moral law, situation ethics and virtue ethics to issues of non‐human life and death such as the status and rights of non‐human animals including the use of animals as food, intensive farming.

Entry requirements

Although no prior study of Religious Education is necessary it would be advantageous to have studied for the full/short course examination at GCSE. A minimum grade 6 is needed for students who have studied these courses. For students who have not taken the RE examination at GCSE a grade 6 in GCSE English Language or Literature or a grade 6 in GCSE History is required.

Further information

Work expected from students outside lesson time

Religious Studies students, who want the highest grades, will need to read widely in order to familiarise themselves with language and texts which may not have been accessed previously. Students are expected to make notes from recommended texts and be able to discuss the concepts with their peers. Essays will be set, which are essential research activities as well as practice for the examinations. It is essential to refer to the concepts and ideas confidently in order to approach the examination questions proficiently. This course encourages students to think more deeply about some of the most important human questions there are, as such, it informs all aspects of our life. The skills you develop in examining issues from this course are ideally suited to a career in law, and would be well matched for a career in Medicine and Health/Social Care.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caistor Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years