Students will engage with arguments and debates on religious and non-religious views of life, which focus on some key areas of controversy that shape modern views of the world, such as the problem of evil and suffering. Students will study issues and practical problems such as equality, war and peace and sexual ethics. These issues and problems will provide a sufficient balance of breadth and depth for students to acquire the skills they need to address a wide range of contemporary moral dilemmas and to progress to further study.
Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophical issues and questions
- Are science and religion compatible?
- Problems of evil and suffering
Religion and Ethics
- Ethical theories i.e. Utilitarianism/Natural Law/Situation Ethics
- Environmental and equality issues
- War & peace and sexual ethics
Study of Religion: New Testament studies
- Context to the New Testament – World of the First century and historical background to Israel, Roman occupation and Jewish rebellion
- Interpretation of the New Testament – the meaning behind the signs and miracles
- Scientific challenges – Resurrection as a fictional event
A variety of learning activities are used including teacher led discussions, the use of video and Internet research and essay writing practice. Much responsibility lies with students with a heavy emphasis on discussions, debates and individual presentations.
A two year linear course with written exams that will assess your understanding
Philosophy of Religion Religion and Ethics
Written examination: 2 hours Written examination: 2 hours
33.33% of the qualification 33.33% of the qualification
80 marks 80 marks
Study of Religion: New Testament
Written examination: 2 hours
33.33% of the qualification
This subject would suit those who would like to fine tune their reasoning skills and develop the ability to form judgements based on clear evaluation of information. Students would develop a range of transferable skills e.g. the ability to put your point of view across clearly. Courses involving the study of philosophy and ethics are highly regarded by universities and are a popular choice for study beyond sixth form, for example when combined with politics and economics (PPE). It is further seen as a useful stepping stone into career paths such as law, politics, journalism etc.