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Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics A Level at St Benedict's Catholic High School

Course description

Year 12 – Unit 1 Philosophy

How are we here? Why are we here? What is the meaning and purpose of life? We explore traditional arguments for existence of God. Why do bad things happen to good people? We reflect upon the problem of evil and how philosophers have tried to solve this issue over the last 2500 years. How can we know what God is like? Do we reincarnate?

Year 12 – Unit 2 Ethics

Should terrorists be set free? Why do we punish criminals? Utilitarianism attempts to answer the big questions in ethics by saying that you do the action that creates the most amount of happiness. Should you always do your duty? Should you always follow the rules? Is it ever right to lie? Kant says that it is all about duty and following the moral law within. All you need is love! According to Situation Ethics you should always do the most loving thing.

Year 12 – Unit 3 A Study of Religion

Who is Jesus? Should we believe the Bible? Jesus the revolutionary! What is God truly like? Does He exist? Can you be rich and a Christian?

Year 13 – Unit 1 Philosophy

Is religious faith rational?  Does it make sense? Is religious language meaningful? Can it be verified? Tested? Is religious faith compatible with scientific evidence? Can religion and science coexist? Can all Religious experience be explained by Psychology?

Year 13 – Unit 2 Ethics

Can we be too courageous? What are the fundamental virtues that we need as a community? Am I the most important being in existence? Can we say that something is good or bad? Do we all have the right to life? Should we always do our duty?

Year 13 – Unit 3 A study of Religion

What is Feminism? Are men and Women the same? Can a woman be a Christian? Virtues or values or both? Who was Jesus? Did he really exist?

Entry requirements

We want students who:  Are not afraid to discuss and debate their opinions; are not afraid to try and are resilient; are hard-working and dedicated with good essay writing skills; and who want to be challenged to think beyond the everyday.


AS Level

Students are assessed by three papers at the end of Year 12. Each paper has four questions with two parts. Each of the four topics has a question.

A Level

Students are assessed by three papers at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Philosophy and Ethics: Religious Studies is an extremely well respected academic subject. Every university respects it as a good qualification. Employers see it as an interesting subject that develops the thinking skills required for the modern work place. Philosophy and Ethics students have gone on to study a wide variety of subjects at university; these include, Law, Medicine, Physics, Biology, English, Midwifery, Criminology, nursing, social work and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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