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Religous Studies (Philosophy Theology and Ethics) A Level at St Mark's Catholic School

Course description

Are you a thinker? Do you enjoy challenging other peoples’ ideas and expressing your own views? Throughout this course students will study philosophy, christian philosophy and ethics. Philosophy is about investigating possible answers to the big questions of life, for example the existence of God, the nature of God, the existence of the soul, life after death, and more. Different ideas and approaches to these subjects are considered and the views of philosophers are studied. Ethics is about how to make moral decisions. Different ways of deciding between right and wrong are considered and applied to various moral issues, for example business ethics, euthanasia and sexual ethics. This course will challenge your ideas and make you think independently and critically. Because of this it is highly respected in higher education and in many professions.

Course content

Type And Nature Of The Work Involved
• Students will explore a range of approaches to various philosophical and theological questions and moral problems.
• This will involve critical analysis of different ideas and views – evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the ideas and theories under consideration.
• Evaluation of moral problems and of ways of deciding between right and wrong.
• Essay and exam skills will be developed throughout the course.


Method Of Assessment
Every unit is assessed by a 2 hour exam which candidates sit in the summer term of Year 13.

Unit 1 Philosophy of religion includes:
• the nature of the soul, mind and body
• arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
• the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil

Unit 2 Religion and ethics includes:
• ethical theories (ways of making moral decisions)
• the application of ethical theory to euthanasia, business ethics and sexual ethics
• debates surrounding the idea of conscience

Unit 3 Christian Philosophy includes:
• the question of life after death - Heaven and Hell
• ideas about freedom and predestination
• questions about the nature of God

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mark's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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