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Religious Studies - Ethics with Philosophy A-Level at Tavistock Community College

Course description

The first year of this course is an AS level qualification and consists of 2 units of study. The student may continue to study for a second year in order to gain an A2 qualification. Religious Studies courses are suitable both for those who profess a religion and those with none. This wide ranging course develops skills which enable students to think independently, and to analyse and evaluate ideas rationally and objectively. It also helps to develop the skills of communication and debate. In the Ethics module students consider a number of ethical theories such as Utilitarianism and how religion affects ethical decision making. They learn how to apply the theories to practical issues linked to medical ethics including; the nature and value of human life, abortion and euthanasia. Within Philosophy students explore the concepts of miracles and creation and also consider the importance of the Design argument and Quantum mechanics and the religious world view. Students are encouraged to reflect on and develop their own values, attitudes and opinions.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades including a B grade in RS GCSE or another Humanities subject.


This course is assessed at AS by an exam in each of the two units in the summer term. At A2 assessment is also by two exams in the summer term.

Future opportunities

A degree level course in a number of subjects such as Philosophy or Religious Studies and the skills acquired will be useful for a number of careers including teaching, youth work, journalism, civil service to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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