Religious Studies (Philosophy of Religion & Ethics) A Level at Matravers School
The A Level Religious Studies course will consist of two separate units of work – Philosophy of Religion and Ethics – both of which will be studied in each year. Students will also undertake an in-depth investigation into Environmental Ethics, which will give half of the AS mark. The Philosophy of Religion AS unit will look at the main philosophical arguments for God’s existence, the problems of evil and suffering in the world, and the philosophical debates about miracles. The A2 Unit will look at different beliefs about life after death and different atheist views. In the Ethics Units students will evaluate ethical theories, and look at how these can be applied to practical situations such as medical ethics, war and peace, and sexual ethics.
Unit 1 Students will study both units (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics) and will answer questions on both in the exam – There will be two questions on each unit and students will choose any three out of these four questions.
Unit 2 Students will study a specialist topic in some detail. There are some options, but most students will study Environmental Ethics, with a particular focus on humans’ relationship with the natural world.
Unit 3 This unit has been designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Unit 1: Foundations. We will look at selected problems in the Philosophy of Religion such as the different beliefs in life after death, and more Ethical theories including Deontology, Natural Moral Law and Virtue Ethics.
Unit 4 Students will study an anthology of three essays in the subject of Philosophy of Religion, considering the relationship between belief and reason. We will examine and discuss the consequences of holding certain opinions, views or beliefs and how a particular belief or value could have implications for religion and human experience.
An understanding of ethical theories can be useful for many jobs particularly Law, Medicine, Teaching, Journalism, Social Work and the Media. The skills you will develop such as essay writing, evaluating theories, looking at all sides of an argument, understanding and respecting other people’s beliefs and critical analysis of ideas and texts are in demand from University admissions, tutors and employers. This A Level could support Arts A Levels very well and subjects such as History and English. It could also give an ethical perspective to Science courses.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matravers School directly.