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Religious Studies A level at Wood Green School

Course description

This qualification is designed to nurture the development of critical and reflective thinking with the aim of developing a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis and the construction of balanced, informed arguments within the context of religious, philosophical and ethical awareness.

Philosophy and the study of religious thought are both academic subjects which involve analysing and evaluating concepts that students would not necessarily have thought about before. The course is demanding and as such requires a lot of work from each of its students. You will need to be organised, motivated and enthusiastic and most importantly open to new ideas and concepts.

You will also have to develop independent skills of research and additional reading to consolidate your understanding of the topics. There is no coursework with this course



Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion Ancient philosophical influences, arguments for and against God’s existence, religious experience, the problem of evil, soul mind and body, immortality.

Unit 2: Moral Philosophy Normative ethical theories, the application of normative theories to two modern day issues, ethical language and thought.

Unit 3: Developments in Religious thoughts Religious beliefs, values and teachings and their relation to the contemporary world, sources of religious wisdom and authority, practices within religion.

A level

Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion All the issues in year 1 will be examined as wekk as ueas about the Nature of God and issues in religious language.

Unit 2: Moral Philosophy All the issues in year 1 will be examined as well as debates about conscience and freewill, the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion.

Unit 3: Developments in Religious thoughts All the issues in year 1 will be examined plus as well as social and historical developments in theology and religious thought and the relationship between religion and society.

Future opportunities

Philosophy and Ethics opens up a world of opportunities, students often study a degree in Philosophy, PPE, or Theology which are available to study at all major universities and graduates go on to work in Politics, the media, law, publishing, the Civil Service, marketing, recruitment consultation, HR, public service and education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wood Green School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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