Philosophy & Ethics
The course has the title ‘Religious Studies’ but it is, in effect, a course with a heavy Philosophy bias. Its two main strands are: Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics (the latter being a course in moral philosophy)
For the AS Level study:
G571 Philosophy of Religion: this module examines the Greek influence on ideas about God from thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle. It also covers arguments for the existence of God and objections raised by science and the problem of evil.
G572 Religious Ethics: this module covers a range of ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Natural Law, Christian Ethics and thinkers such as Kant and Aquinas. These theories are then applied to various moral issues, specifically abortion, euthanasia, war and peace, and genetic engineering.
For the A2 Level study:
G581 Philosophy of Religion: this module puts various aspects of religious belief under the philosophical microscope; specifically, religious language, religious experience, miracles, revelation, personal identity and the soul, and life after death.
G582 Religious Ethics: this module continues the study of ethical theories, specifically Metaethics and Virtue Ethics. It also covers issues such as business ethics, the environment as well as free will, determinism, conscience and sexual ethics.
This course is assessed by examination only. Units G571 and G572 examinations take place at the end of Year 12. Units G581 and G582 are examined at the end of Year 13.
The significant critical thinking aspect to the course is a good preparation for university courses such as Law and PPE. This subject develops skills of vision, creativity and analysis, which employers look for in those seeking any management or leadership role.