Religious Studies A Level at Landau Forte College
Ever since humankind started to think, religion has been a fundamental part of our development. As people ponder about the immensity of space or witness the wonder of birth, they contemplate the meaning of life and their own existence.
We all have ideas, opinions, prejudices and assumptions, yet it is rare that we have linked all of our thinking together into a coherent scheme. Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics attempt just such links, seeking to encourage joined-up thinking. In this pursuit various and wide-ranging philosophers will be studied which will allow students to put their minds against some of the most profound thinker's humanity has produced. We will embrace Plato’s ‘World of the Forms’, Aristotle’s concept of the ‘soul’ classical arguments for the existence of God which hold about as much water as a leaky bucket according to the great atheist philosopher David Hume, and we will take on concepts such as ‘miracle’ and belief in a good God despite the imperfection of his creation. Can such a God really reasonably be thought to exist? And if so what type of existence might it have?
Ethically are our morals based on anything other than our opinions? Can ‘good, bad, right, wrong’ in any sense be defined or are they like the colour yellow, knowable but undefinable? Can I only know good by experiencing bad? What have ethical theories such as Thomas Aquinas’ Natural Law or Bentham and Mill’s atheistic Utilitarianism got to say on matters of medical ethics, genetics, war, peace, pacifism, the environment and homosexuality? What do Christianity and the Bible have to say about such things and why do they matter anyway?
Philosophy of Religion – Exploring key questions about the existence of God.
Religion and Ethics – A study of ethical theories and ethical issues.
Development in Religious Thought – An exploration of the Muslim or Christian tradition
All sectiones are examined with an equal distribution of marks.
It would be helpful if you have studied Philosophy and Ethics or Religious Studies at GCSE but it is not essential. Many subjects complement Religious Studies, including History, English, Geography and Psychology.
Universities like students who can reason and think in a mature and balanced way, as does the world of work. Religious Studies builds these skills of analysis and debate, critical thinking and mature reflection. These skills will be honed by challenging our thinking at every level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte College directly.