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Religous Studies, Philosophy & Religous Ethics AS & A Level at St Anne's Catholic School

Course description

Are you looking for an academic and stimulating course that looks at interesting ideas and questions, develops analytical and evaluative skills and encourages independent and lateral thinking that is valued by the best universities.

Course content

When studying philosophy modules you will explore how thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle have answered philosophical questions and how their views have been challenged since then. Is there more to us than just a body? Is there more to the world than just the physical? What are the arguments for God’s existence? What challenges do Science and the problem of evil create for religious belief? What are the different views of life after death? How do we analyse religious experience?

The Religious Ethics modules enable you to investigate a range of ethical theories before examining how they respond to medical and global ethical issues. You explore topics such as abortion, euthanasia, fertility treatment, genetic engineering, sexual ethics, war/peace, environmental and business ethics. Resources used to engage with these topics include the media (fi lms, newspaper and magazine articles) textbooks and ICT.

Both halves of the course build on what is covered at GCSE, but rather than trying to explain what people believe, at A level we try to explain why people think the way they do – really getting into their heads.

Entry requirements

Grade B and above at RS GCSE required, and a B in English Language GCSE.


Assessment is through essay-based written examinations.

Future opportunities

A qualifi cation in Religious Studies will be of benefi t to students wishing to enter higher education. It is praised as a facilitating subject by the major universities. In recent years students studying Religious Studies have gone on to university to study a range of subjects including business management and marketing, bio-medical sciences, drama, social history, computing and business studies as well as theology and philosophy. It is a foundation for careers in law, the sciences, education, business, journalism and much more. Many people like to take it for AS to give a breadth to their studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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