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Philosophy and Ethics and Hinduism A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

Religious Studies offers you an interesting and intellectually challenging A-Level that will help develop your understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. This is your opportunity to ask some of the big questions of life such as:
• Is it ever right to kill a human being?
• Where does our understanding of morality come from?
• Does the Foetus deserve the rights of a ‘Person’?
• Is science the enemy of religion?
• Is there life after death?
• Why does evil exist?
• How did the Universe begin?
• Can we prove God’s existence?

Course content

Philosophy of Religion – Arguments about the existence and non-existence of God, ancient philosophical influences, the nature and impact of religious experience, the problem of evil and life after death. Ideas about the nature of God, issues in religious language and the nature of the soul, mind and body.
Religion and Ethics – Normative ethical theories, the application of ethical theory to two
contemporary issues of importance and ethical language and thought. Debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion.
Developments in Religious Thought (Hinduism) – Hindu themes, values and teachings, sources of religious wisdom and practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition. Hindu themes related to the relationship between religion and society and significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought.

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 grades 9-4 plus GCSE English grade 5 or above. You will also need to gain a grade 5 in GCSE RS.


All students will sit three two hour papers for A Level exams at the end of Year 13. Students will also be internally assessed at the end of Year 12.

Future opportunities

It will even help you get where you want to go. The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service and employers believe that graduates in Religious Studies, Philosophy and Theology are prepared for the following careers:
• Broadcast, film, video and interactive media sector
• Education sector
• Financial services sector
• Legal sector
• Politics
• Social care sector
• Voluntary sector
• Social work
• Journalism

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Finham Park School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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