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Religious Studies, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at Marlwood School

Course description

Religious Studies is an intellectually challenging course involving exploration of many key philosophical and religious ideas in the western (European) and eastern (Hindu) traditions. You will be encouraged to think rigorously and present coherent, well informed and reasoned arguments about beliefs, ethics, values and ultimate questions. You will also relate your learning to the wider world, gaining a sense of independent learning and confidence in preparation for adult life. This AS course offers you two units of study:


Philosophy of Religion

• A study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God

• A study of selected problems in the philosophy of religion Hinduism

• Key issues in the study of Hinduism

• Key emphasis in teaching and practice


Investigations is an important part of the course and you will undertake an in depth study of a topic of interest to you (from a wide range of topics covering philosophical, ethical and religious themes).

Entry requirements

There are no prior knowledge requirements for the course. You do not need to have studied Religious Studies at GCSE or be religious (we welcome all faiths, atheists or agnostics!) and you may have been interested in a topic such as prejudice and discrimination or environmental issues from general REP lessons. As you will be assessed largely on your written work, a good result in GCSE English is desirable.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years