Religious Studies in the Sixth Form

Departmental Courses

A Level Religious Studies

Handbooks and Summer Tasks

Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) is a popular course, where you get the opportunity to tackle issues of right and wrong that have been discussed by Philosophers since the Ancient Greeks; issues that come up in the news and in everyday life today. Russell Group Universities recommend Religious Studies as a useful A Level for a whole range of degree courses.  Studying involves lots of discussion, individual work and note-taking.  You will learn to write excellent essays, so an ability to write well is an advantage. Success in this course depends primarily on hard work, so self-motivation is important.                                                                               

The course is split into three different units; Philosophy, Ethics, Developments in Christian Thought.

Year 12

Philosophy

Ethics

DCT

Ancient Greek influences

Soul, Mind & Body

Cosmological Argument

Teleological Argument

Ontological Argument

Problem of Evil

Religious Experience

 

Natural Law

Situation Ethics

Kantian Ethics

Utilitarianism

Business Ethics

Euthanasia

Human Nature

Death and the Afterlife

Knowledge of God’s Existence

Jesus Christ

Christian Moral Principles

Christian  Moral Action

Year 13

Philosophy

Ethics

DCT

The Nature of God

Religious Language

 

Meta Ethics

Conscience

Sexual Ethics

Pluralism

Gender

Secularism

Liberation Theology

Assessment

There are three exams, each 2 hours long.  In each exam, you will be expected to write 3 essays.

Religious Studies is a very highly thought of subject that fits equally well with the arts and the sciences because of its logical nature.  At University, one of the most prestigious degrees is Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).  Students often study go onto study Philosophy and Ethics, Philosophy & Maths, Theology or Anthropology.   UCAS suggest that RS is useful for law, counselling and social services, marketing, sales and advertising, catering and hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism, retail and customer services, education and training, medicine and nursing and service sector roles.