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Religious Studies AS Level at Wolverley CofE Secondary School

Course description

Possible Year 12 Units

Students will study elements of the following units -

Unit One: Religious Ethics
You will study some of the following Ethical Theories:
The ethical theories:
- Natural Law
- Kantian Ethics
- Utilitarianism
- Situation ethics
- Religious Ethics

These ethical theories are then applied to some of the following ethical issues:
- Abortion
- Euthanasia
- Genetic engineering
- Animal rights
- War, peace and torture.

Year 12 Unit Two: Philosophy of Religion
Ancient Greek influences on Philosophy of Religion
Basic knowledge of the thinking of Plato and Aristotle examine the strengths and weaknesses in the thinking of Plato and Aristotle in the areas specified below.
- Plato: the Analogy of the Cave
- Plato: the concept of the Forms; the Form of the Good.
- Aristotle: ideas about cause and purpose in relation to God
- Aristotle`s understanding of material, efficient, formal and final cause
- Aristotle`s concept of the Prime Mover.

They may also have the opportunity to explore:
- Cosmological argument
- Religious experience
- Psychology of Religion

Year 13 Unit 3 Religious Ethics

- Meta-ethics;
- Free will and determinism;
- Conscience;
- Virtue ethics;
- Applied ethics topics.

Year 13 Unit 4 Philosophy of Religion
- Religious language
- Experience and religion
- Nature of God
- Life and death
- Miracle.

Year 13 Unit 5 - New Testament (John)
- Context of Gospel
- Nature and purpose of signs
- Crucifixion and resurrection

Unit 6 - Fundamentalism
- The Christian origins of the term; its precise and general meanings;
- Its application to religious movements in other faiths;
- Understanding of fundamentalism as a reaction against scientific rationalism, liberal modernist religious views, and secularism;
- Outline knowledge of historical, social, economic and political factors in its rise and development.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will have a grade B in English Language
5 A* - C grades.
You will need to have a focused and logical method of thinking in order to be able to consider and use the philosophical and religious issues studied. You will also need to enjoy reading and applying new theories.


Students will study four units which are externally assessed; students will take four written exams. Each exam is 1hour and 30 minutes.

An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units. Grades awarded are A-E grade.

Future opportunities

BA Degree Religious Studies, Law, Sociology, English Language, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics, Business & Ethics etc. BED Teaching Degree or Nursing Degree.

Also related to a range of careers in Law, Journalism, Social Services, Education, Policing, Health & Social Care, Politics, Personnel & Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wolverley CofE Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2015

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