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Religious Studies A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics develops skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation and evaluation. These are essential study skills that will be of enormous help to you at university and later in life.

Course content

Philosophy and Ethics debates questions such as:

  • Does the universe show evidence of Design? Does this imply a designer or is Natural Selection the answer?
  • If God exists, why is evil allowed?
  • Is there a soul? Can we survive death?
  • Is Religious Experience verifiable?
  • Can you ever justify taking a life?
  • Should you be allowed to choose who you donate your organs to?
  • Who would you save in a burning building, your dad or the doctor with the cure for cancer?


Philosophy of Religion includes a study of philosophical arguments for the existence of God—the Teleological Argument and Cosmological Argument and a study of the problem of evil and suffering.

Ethics includes a study of ethical concepts: the relationship between religion and morality. Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics / a study of ethical dilemmas on issues of medical ethics.


Philosophy of Religion - a study of philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God including Religious Experience, Ontological argument, sociology, psychology e.g. Marx, Freud and Dawkins and a study about life after death.

Ethics A study of ethical concepts such as natural law, virtue ethics and deontology / a study of problems in ethics including debates on ‗good‘, emotivism, and ‗is/ought‘/ Investigation into justice, law and punishment / the consideration of objectivity, relativism and subjectivism.

An Anthology in Ethics Method and moral theory/Personal relationships/Modern moral philosophy.

Entry requirements

Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific


AS (all units are equally weighted ie 50% each)

  • Unit 1 Philosophy and Ethics: you will be expected to answer three questions (chosen from six)
  • Unit 2 Research question

A2 (all units are equally weighted ie 50% each)

  • Unit 3 Unit 3 Philosophy and Ethics: three questions from six to answer.
  • Unit 4 Unit 4 Anthology - Ethics texts: answer one question.

Future opportunities

The course is highly respected by universities and employers. It is an excellent preparation or any humanities degree and also for reading medicine, dentistry, law and PPE. According to AGCAS (the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service) RS/Theology graduates go into a wide range of careers. These include financial services, law, business, education, medicine, management, the civil service, journalism, publishing, broadcast, film and media and politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015
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