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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion A Level at Cirencester College

Course description

Western philosophy includes discussions on the arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of the mind and how it differs from the body and what implications this has for a possible life after death. In Ethics you will compare and contrast different theories on ‘how to be good’ applied to ethical dilemmas such as legalising euthanasia. You will question whether you are truly free and what role the conscience plays in moral behaviour.
Explore Buddhism which is considered by many to be an eastern philosophy rather than a religion. You will look at teachings on the nature of reality and human life, wisdom, morality and meditation.

Course content

Western philosophy includes discussions on the arguments for and against the existence of God, the nature of the mind and how it differs from the body and what implications this has for a possible life after death.
In ethics you will compare and contrast different theories on ‘how to be good’ applied to ethical dilemmas such as legalising euthanasia. You will question whether you are truly free and what role the conscience plays in moral behaviour.
Explore Buddhism which is considered by many to be an eastern philosophy rather than a religion. You will look at teachings on the nature of reality and human life, wisdom, morality and meditation.

Future opportunities

Religious Studies is a strong academic subject which is often chosen by those wanting to pursue University study. Philosophy of Religion is a good springboard for the study of Philosophy at University and the vast topic area of Religion which at Higher Education includes: Theology, Ethics, Contemporary Religion, Eastern Religions and Philosophy. Other degree subjects that Religious Studies A Level provides a good grounding for are Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology.

In career terms, Religious Studies is very useful for those considering working with people. Teachers, Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers often study RS as an additional subject because it covers areas of Ethics, and therefore encourages students to empathise, view the world in a more complex way, open their minds and consider other people’s perspectives and points of view.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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