Philosophy and Ethics - A-Level at St Aidan's Catholic Academy
AS and A2 Religious studies gives the opportunity to study some of the fundamental questions
which people have always asked about life. Advanced Religious Studies covers the topics of
Philosophy and Ethics dealing with such issues as:
PHILOSOPHY - arguments for the existence of God and challenges to these arguments; Plato;
Aristotle; God as Creator; the goodness of God; the concept of miracle; challenges to religious
belief (the problem of evil, psychology, sociology); different views of life after death; heaven?;
hell?; religious experience; revelation through scripture; religious language; use of symbol,
analogy, myth to express human understanding of God.
ETHICS - use of ethical language; various ways to understand the terms ‘good, bad, right, wrong’;
ethical theories; medical ethics (abortion, euthanasia, right to life, right to a child, genetic
engineering, embryo research); moral relativism; virtue ethics; religious methods of making moral
decisions; absolute .v. relative morality; free will and determinism; moral responsibility; conscience;
Christian ethics; environmental ethics; sex and relationships; war, peace and justice.
GCSE B grade or above in RE (or English if subject not previously taken).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Aidan's Catholic Academy directly.