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Religious Studies A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

Religious Studies is an exciting, interesting and challenging course aimed at developing knowledge and understanding in three key areas of study; philosophy, ethics and Buddhism. This course provides students with the ability to reason, critically analyse and formulate their own arguments based on philosophical and ethical theories. Students will enjoy exploring and contrasting the ideas of both western philosophers and the eastern philosophy of Buddhism. In ethics, students will engage in critical discussions of ethical theories and apply these to pertinent ethical issues within today‚Äôs society, such as euthanasia, business and sexual ethics. 

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Within philosophy, students will study philosophical language and thought, arguments for the existence of God, religious experience and the problem of evil. In ethics, students are able to explore their own ethical stance on topical issues, whilst learning about other ethicist viewpoints. Students will start by looking at the ethical theories of natural law, situation ethics, Kantian ethics and utilitarianism and then apply these to the ethical issues of euthanasia and business ethics. Buddhism offers a fascinating contrast to the remainder of the course and students enjoy studying this eastern philosophy. Whilst studying Buddhism, students will begin by looking at the life of the Buddha, and will then address key philosophical issues raised by the teachings of the Buddha, such as why there is so much suffering and impermanence in the world.


In the second year students gain a more in-depth knowledge, building on their previous learning. Philosophy will focus on exploring the philosophical ideas surrounding the nature of God and religious language. In ethics, students will apply previously learnt theories to the issues surrounding sexual ethics. Students will also complete ethical analysis of meta-ethics, as well as the conscience. The Buddhism element will focus on the development of eastern and western Buddhism. Furthermore, engaged Buddhism and activism, as well as gender issues will be explored.


There are three exams, one each on philosophy, ethics and Buddhism.The exams consists of questions that require extended writing using an essay style format.

Future opportunities

Medicine, law, social work, work with worldwide NGOs, teaching and journalism (to name a few.)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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