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Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics at The Hewett School

Course description

The Hewett Sixth Form has a successful track record of teaching one of the most fascinating subjects it is possible to study. Philosophy of Religion is all about how we look at the world and try to make sense out of universal questions that have fascinated human minds for thousands of years. It can help you make sense of life and give life some meaning and purpose. Religious Ethics is all about how we decide what is right and what is wrong. You will look at practical issues like war, peace, abortion and at the morality of these issues. In both areas of the course there are very few right answers – it appeals to those who have a questioning mind and can argue their case.

You will need to discuss and debate your views on euthanasia, conscience, free-will, the nature of God, the right to have a child, life and death. These are truly fascinating areas of discussion and as well as putting your own views forward you will consider the views of other students and the great philosophers.

As well as these topics you will have the opportunity to go on A Level Conferences and visits to places of Philosophical and Ethical Interest. The course has been supported by trips to see films of a Philosophical and Ethical nature. 2 students each year have the opportunity to take part in the Lessons from Auschwitz project which involves visiting the infamous concentration camp in Poland.

This course provides a suitable foundation for the further study of Religious Studies, Philosophy or Theology. Past students from the Hewett Sixth Form have gone on to study Philosophy at Cambridge and York Universities. Some have studied other degree subjects as students acquire a great range of skills, such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and the ability to produce extended evaluative pieces of writing. These are skills that will prepare students well for a range of courses in higher education and, beyond that, in employment generally. The skills it develops are of particular relevance to the following careers for example: Teacher, Law, Management, Lecturer, Minister, Medicine, Sales, Advertisement, Civil Servant, Journalism, and Business.

Entry requirements

There are no minimum grades required to study the course, though at least a grade C in GCSE English Language is expected as without it many of the words and ideas are likely to be too confusing. There is a lot of discussion of different theories and students are expected to have done preparation so that they can take part in the discussions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hewett School directly.

Last updated date: 04 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years