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Why study Philosophy, Ethics and Religion ?

The subject offers students the chance to further develop their knowledge of philosophy, ethics and issues of morality whilst at the same time investigating the philosophical and theological arguments concerning the existence of God. Religious Studies provides students with the following transferable skills:

  • Knowledge of global issues
  • The ability to interpret, contrast and evaluate opinions/approaches to a topic
  • The ability to write a succinct essay containing well-constructed arguments
  • Good debating skills
  • An ability to assess the validity of an argument and reach a well-informed conclusion regardless of one’s personal beliefs

Course content/Outline:

Component 1: A Study of Religion

Written examination: 2 hours

33⅓% of qualification

This component offers the choice of the study of one religion from a choice of six, of which we study:

Option B: Islam

There will be four themes: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity.

Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

Written examination: 2 hours

33⅓% of qualification

There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language.

Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component.

Component 3: Religion and Ethics

Written examination: 2 hours

33⅓% of qualification

There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.

Learners will be expected to answer one question from Section A out of a choice of two and one question from Section B out of a choice of three in this component. Questions can be taken from any area of the specification.

What career opportunities are there?

Successful completion of this A-Level will give you access to a range of possible career and Higher Education opportunities. Jobs in which the subject will be useful include law, the civil service, healthcare, politics, journalism and teaching. Philosophy, Ethics and Religion combines well with History, Geography, Sociology and English. In addition, if taken with Mathematics or science, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion will give you a broad-based curriculum.

Syllabus: Religious Studies

Examination Board: Eduqas

More information:  Dr R Kanwar