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Philosophy and Theology Cambridge Pre-U **FEES PAYABLE** at Marlborough College

Course description

Philosophy and Religious Studies as the name of the Department is a reminder that a rigorous philosophical approach can be combined with sensitivity to those dimensions of religion which cannot be understood in purely intellectual terms.

Religious Studies can transform students' assessments of themselves, and their understanding of the world in which we live. It creates an atmosphere in which challenging questions can be raised and discussed openly, and it gives the students a chance to grapple with difficult ideas and issues, discovering their own sense of values through this process.

Course content

The Philosophy and Theology course is intended to allow students to think rigorously about fundamental questions of truth and human understanding. It is also intended to introduce students to the academic study of both Philosophy and Theology. This will be undertaken by having a compulsory paper which introduces the common elements of these two disciplines. Optional papers will then allow students to investigate a range of philosophical and/or theological questions.

UNIT 1: Foundation (30%) 

Topics for study include Plato and Aristotle, questions about how we acquire knowledge, moral absolutism and relativism, the inspiration of Scripture, conscience, free will and determinism.

UNIT 2: Topics and Key Texts - Philosophy of Religion (35%) 

Candidates are expected to cover a number of topics related to the overall theme of the chosen course, including Set Texts. The Set Texts for Philosophy of Religion will include extracts from John Polkinghorne and John Hick.

Topics for study include Arguments for the Existence of God, Miracles, Revelation, Science and Religion and the Problem of Evil.

UNIT 3: Topics and Key Texts - Ethics (35%) 

The Set Texts for Ethics will include extracts from Jean-Paul Sartre and John Stuart Mill. Topics for study include Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics, Kant, Situation Ethics, and Natural Law, as well as the ethical issues surrounding Abortion, Business, the Environment, Euthanasia and War. 


All the exams are taken at the end of the two-year course. Such a linear approach is ideally suited to a subject of this kind, since it gives candidates the opportunity to develop a full and mature understanding of the topics.

Future opportunities

Through an exploration of the issues, together with a detailed study of some of the texts which have influenced the western intellectual heritage, students will be prepared for the study of Philosophy and Theology at university, or any other subject which requires rigorous thinking and analysis of complex ideas. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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