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Religion, Philosophy and Ethics A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

How was the world created? Is there a God? Why do people suffer? Why is there evil in the world? What is cloning? Is it ethical? If you are interested in the big questions we all ask and you enjoy debating and discussing ideas then this course will suit you.
The focus of the course is on the philosophy of religion and the study of ethics. We aim to challenge the ideas you already have and offer you a wide range of views on many complex issues.

Course content

The course focuses on two areas:
Philosophy of Religion including arguments for the existence of God, the problem of suffering, the nature of religious experience and religious language. Philosophers studied will include Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Descartes and Kant, as well as more recent contributions from Russell, Hick and Swinburne.

Religious Ethics including the main ethical theories of Natural Law, Kantian Ethics and Utilitarianism. An important aspect of this course will also be the application of these theories to the issues of abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering and war and peace.

A Religious Tradition including its origins and early development; teachings and traditions; diversification within the religion; the challenges faced by the rise of secularism.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE English. You do not have to be religious.


You will develop key skills through the use of presentations, debates, PowerPoint presentations, seminars and hotseating. Philosophy and Ethics is an A Level for active learners!

Future opportunities

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is one of the fastest growing subjects at A Level. It is well respected as an academic subject by universities. Religion, Philosophy and Ethics can be used as part of basic entrance qualifications for a university course, especially in the Arts, Humanities, Law, Politics and many more. The study of Ethics compliments work in the field of medicine, medical sciences or the caring professions. Religious Studies is also a valuable subject for those intending to enter the teaching profession. If you want to work with people, in the caring professions, teaching, journalism, publishing, police work, health, work with children or to work abroad in a cosmopolitan setting, Philosophy and Ethics will give you plenty to think about, and valuable expertise.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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