What does the course involve?

Component 1
Section A: Philosophy of Religion Section A: Philosophy of Religion
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death.
  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • ntroduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant.


Component 2
Section A: Study of religion Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion. Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion.
  • Sources of wisdom and authority
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Self, death and the afterlife
  • Good conduct and key moral principles
  • Expression of religious identity
  • Religion, gender and sexuality
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and secularisation
  • Religion and religious pluralism.

How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.


How will you learn?

Students will take two three hour exams at the end of Year 13.

What exams and coursework are involved?

Grade 6 Short or Long Course Religious Studies. 6 in another essay writing subject is also required.

What are the entry requirements?

Grade B or above at Short or Long course GCSE Religious Studies (or another Humanities subject if Religious Studies was not taken at GCSE).

What could you do after completing the course?
Studying Philosophy helps students develop a range of key skills including the ability to think clearly and critically, analyse arguments and present ideas logically and persuasively. As well as giving an excellent foundation for those intending to apply for Philosophy at university, the course will be a useful addition for a wide range of other Higher Education courses - Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Students including Philosophy in their A level choices have successfully secured places on courses at top universities including Medicine, Law, PPE, History, Mathematics, Theology, Art, Music and English Literature, to name a few.

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