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Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

This qualification is designed to nurture the development of critical and reflective thinking with the aim of developing a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis and the construction of balanced, informed arguments within the context of a religious, philosophical and ethical awareness. It is a well-respected, academic ‘A’ Level which is useful for a wide range of careers.

Course content

Philosophy of religion
Learners will study:
• the ancient philosophical influences of Plato and Aristotle
• arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
• the nature and impact of 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
20 marks, 2 hour
written paper,
33.3% of total ‘A’ Level
Religion and ethics
Learners will study:
• normative ethical theories including Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Kant and Utilitarianism
•the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues – business ethics and euthanasia
• ethical language and thought
• debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will – are we really free to act however we desire?
120 marks, 2 hour
written paper,
33.3% of total ‘A’ Level
Developments in religious thought
Learners will study:
• religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
• teachings on human nature
• how did knowledge of God come about
• debates about the life of Jesus – was he a political and social revolutionary?
• key themes related to the relationship between religion and society – e.g. morality
120 marks, 2 hour
written paper,
33.3% of total ‘A’ Level

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE RE and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

Further information

This academic subject requires a lot of reading for class and essay writing. Writing skills are vital along with a strong vocal contribution. There is often the opportunity to attend an ‘A’ Level Conference on relevant topics either locally or in London.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burford School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017