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Religion and Philsophy at Prospect School

Course description

This A level covers three main areas of study

  • Religion and philosophy
  • Religion and ethics
  • Development of religious thought

Course content

Learners will study 3 sections for the course:

Section 1: Philosophy of Religion:

• ancient philosophical influences

• the nature of the soul, mind and body

• arguments about the existence or non-existence of God

• the nature and impact of religious experience

• the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil

• ideas about the nature of God

• issues in religious language.

Section 2: Religion and Ethics:

• normative ethical theories

• the application of ethical theory to two

contemporary issues of importance

• ethical language and thought

• debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience

• sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Section 3: Developments of Religious Thought:

• religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world

• sources of religious wisdom and authority

• practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition

• significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought

• key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs (grade 5 and above including English and Maths)

Future opportunities

Degrees that require critical thinking skills – a Religious Studies/Philosophy A level is highly sought after by universities as students learn transferrable critical thinking skills that can be applied to a range of subjects such as philosophy, theology, politics, history, geography, business, psychology, law, etc…

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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