The modules for Religious Studies, at both AS and A2, focus upon ethical debates; identified from religious perspectives, and philosophical questions concerning the nature and existence of God. It is important to note we do not study world religions .
Unit 1: Foundations – This unit explores the foundations of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.
a) A study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God: i) design; ii) cosmological.
b) A study of selected problems in the philosophy of religion: i) problems of evil and suffering; ii) a study of philosophical debates about miracles.
c) A study of ethical concepts: i) relationship between religion and morality; ii) utilitarianism; iii) situation ethics.
d) A study of ethical dilemmas: i) issues of war and peace;
ii) sexual ethics.
Unit 2: Investigations – This unit will be assessed by one piece of extended research which culminates in a timed exam.
Topics in the study of Medical ethics: eugenics, abortion or euthanasia .
Unit 3: Developments – Building upon knowledge, understanding and skills developed in Unit 1.
a) A study of philosophical arguments about the existence of God: i) religious experience; ii) ontological argument; iii) critiques of belief.
b) A study of problems in the philosophy of religion: i) life after death; ii) religious language.
c) A study of ethical concepts: i) links between religion and morality; ii) deontology; ii) natural moral law; iv) virtue ethics.
d) A study of selected problems in ethics: i) debates about good; ii) objectivity and relativism; iii) justice, law and punishment.
Unit 4: Implications – Students will consider implications of how beliefs and values affect people’s understanding and awareness.
Topic covered: Philosophy of Religion.
Examining Board – Edexcel.
Special Entry Requirements
Career and Progression Opportunities
Religious Studies is of use to those students wanting to carry on into higher education – particularly to those thinking of careers in Media, Law, Politics, Social work, Teaching and Community Work .
This information is correct for September 2013 entry.