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Religious Studies

Religious Studies

The A Level course is open to students with an interest in people, cultures and beliefs, who would like to learn more about Philosophy and Ethics.

The Lower Sixth is an exciting year, which combines philosophical study of the Design Argument and the Problem of Evil with an in-depth study of ethical theory. 

In the Upper Sixth, students have the opportunity to explore philosophical works and scholars in greater depth. They will read primary source philosophical articles from different schools of thought and contrast opposing views on the use of religious language and religious experience, as well as the notion of empirical proof. Deontological theories are examined and discussed. Applied ethics at this level focuses on the concept of justice, both criminal and social.

Each year, students attend a conference where they are able to meet with and listen to scholars in person. They have the opportunity to join with peers in other schools and practise debating philosophical and ethical arguments in a large group.

On completion of the course, students will be skilled in several important areas. Not only will their academic understanding of the history of philosophy be enhanced, but their working use of logic and argument will be developed. Essay writing skills and written communication, which is essential for all examinations at this level, will help those looking to study Humanities subjects at University level. Students with an interest in studying Law benefit from the study of justice in the Upper Sixth and those with an interest in studying Medicine benefit particularly from the medical ethics assessed in the Lower Sixth.