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Religious Education A-level at Springwood High School

Course description

We will be stuyding philosophy, ethics and Buddhism to achieve an A level qualification in this subject.

Course content

In Philosophy we look at some of the debates over the existence of God, the idea of life after death and issues of evil and suffering. The words and work of philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas and Descartes are all considered. In Ethics we address the issues of where our ideas of right and wrong come from, and whether anything can ever be said to be absolutely wrong on all occasions. Should we consider the consequences when we make ethical decisions, or is it all about a specific action? We will discuss ethical issues such as violence, the environment and euthanasia during this course. In Buddhism we get to grips with a very different religious tradition, one without a belief in a creator God or a soul. How did Buddhism develop, and how is it practiced in countries like Thailand?

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A* - C grades at GCSE including Maths and English. Grade C in RE (Full or short course) and a minimum of Grade C in English Lang.


There is no coursework component in A level RE. All assessment will be by exam at the end of the course, in June of Year 13 for students completing the full A level. during the course students will be asked to complete essays on a regular basis, but background reading and independent research is also part of achieving success in this subject.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is accepted as a good academic qualification when applying for courses in higher education. It is a useful discipline for anyone who wishes to work closely with people in careers like medicine, social work or teaching. The philosophical and ethical nature of this course means that it is popular with anyone considering legal work, journalism, broadcasting, the police or the armed forces.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years