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.

Course Content

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

Lesson Structure

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.

Assessment Pattern

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

80 marks

Extra Information

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.