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Religious Studies (Philosophy of Religion & Ethics) at Blackfen School for Girls

Course description

Taking A-level Religious Studies will allow you the time to think, in an academic context, about religion, regardless of your personal religious inclinations. It will do this by developing both your knowledge and understanding of religion(s) and, especially, how religion interacts with our modern world. A-level Religious Studies will also help you to develop your skills in critically analysing and reflecting on both personal and world values and opinions.

Course content

A variety of topics will be covered throughout the AS & A Level course.

These include • Ancient Philosophical Influences (i.e. Ancient Greeks) • Arguments for the existence & non-existence of God, including: the Cosmological, Ontological & Teleological Arguments, the Problem of Evil & Suffering, Life after Death, the Nature & Influence of Religious Experience and the Nature of Psychology, Sociology, Atheism & Agnosticism • Arguments for the non-existence of God • Ethical theories & the application of them, including: Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Natural Moral Law, Links between Religion & Morality, Environmental Ethics, War & Peace and Sexual Ethics • Religious Identity, including: Beliefs, Values, Practices & Teaching • Ethical & Religious Language

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in full course GCSE RE or Grade B in GCSE English Language


AS Level: Assessed at the end of Year 12

  A Level: Assessed at the end of Year 13

Future opportunities

Religious Education (Philosophy & Ethics) is applicable to a wide range of university degrees & possible future careers, through both the topics covered & the skills learnt. The following are only a handful of examples:

•Future courses: Philosophy, Ethics, Theology, History, Law, Medicine, Journalism, Media, Teaching and Art • Possible Careers: Law/Legal work, Theology/Ministry, Teaching/Educations, Journalism, Medicine, Charity work, Civil Service, Social/Youth worker, Caring professions, Counselling

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackfen School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years