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Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) A level at Kings Langley School

Course description

A course that familiarises students with the necessary skills and approaches to understand Philosophy and Ethics at a higher level.

Course content

Philosophy of religion

  • ancient philosophical influences
  • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • the nature and impact of religious experience
  • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil the nature of the soul, mind and body
  • the possibility of life after death
  • ideas about the nature of God
  • issues in religious language

Religion and ethics

  • normative ethical theories
  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • ethical language and thought: debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion

Developments in religious thought

  • religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.

Entry requirements

English GCSE/RS GCSE at least at grade C.



Philosophy of religion - 2 hour written paper 33.3% of total A Level

Religion and ethics – 2 hour written paper 33.3% of total A Level

Developments in religious thought – 2 hour written paper 33.3% of total A Level

Future opportunities

Students who take RE at A level go on to choose a wide variety of areas to study at Degree level or pursue as a career. Common options include; Philosophy, PPE, Sociology, Law, Medicine, Psychology, Criminology, History, Economics/Business, Art, Sport, Science, English, Theatre Studies/Media, Mathematics, Sciences, Geography and Languages.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kings Langley School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years