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A Level Religious Studies (Religion and Ethics & Philosophy of Religion) at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

AS Philosophy of Religion 1, G571,
A2 Philosophy of Religion 1, G581
AS Religious Ethics 1, G572 ,
A2 Religious Ethics 1, G582

Course content

AS Philosophy

  • Greek Influences – Plato & Aristotle
  • Arguments for the existence of God including Ontological, Cosmological, Teleological & Moral Arguments & their challenges.
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Religion & Science

A2 Philosophy

  • Religious Language
  • Religious Experience and challenges from sociology & psychology
  • Miracles
  • The Mind-Body Problem & The Afterlife
  • The Nature of God

AS Ethics

  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Ethical Theories including Natural Moral Law, Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Christian Ethics.
  • Applied Ethics: Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering & Fertility Treatment, War & Peace

A2 Ethics

  • Meta-Ethics
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Conscience
  • Free Will and Determinism
  • Applied Ethics: Sexual Ethics, Business & Environment Ethics

Further information

Essential Information

  •  It is an UNREFORMED subject and so we will still be doing AS and A Level exams.
  •  The 2 modules are studied simultaneously throughout Y12 and Y13. Each module has its own teacher.
  •  There are two exams which last for 1 hour and 30 minutes each. These are at the end of Y12 and Y13.
  •  You will need to approach new ideas, new opinions and issues critically. Enjoying a good debate and an interest in current affairs is helpful.
  •  Over two years the course will teach you to critically think and argue for yourself, to understand and analyse a diversity of opinion and ideas; to form and communicate a logical argument. It is a highly regarded academic subject which leads to many degree courses including Law, Medicine, Management Consultancy, Journalism and Media, Politics, Policy Research and Third Sector, and any career where you are dealing directly with people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaconsfield High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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