Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics)

Why study Religious Studies at A-Level?

This subject helps you think - to reach your own conclusions and formulate your own philosophy of life. You will be able to express yourself clearly and articulately both in discussions and on paper with the benefit of ideas from great thinkers of the past and present. It teaches you how to analyse other people’s arguments and it develops vital intellectual skills for critical inquiry and dialogue that will last for life. It makes you consider all kinds of contemporary debates in medical and sexual ethics as well as developing a deeper awareness of religion.

Topics of study at A-Level

AS: introductions to ethics and philosophy of religion

A2: further studies in ethics and a synoptic essay

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Conferences, talks and lectures from leading academics; the Hay Festival; exhibitions .

What this subject might lead to

Students have gone on to study Theology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, PPE and Law at university or have combined philosophy with other subjects in their degree course. Students have found the ethics invaluable in their medical training.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

It would be advisable to have at least a grade 5 at GCSE in the subject, and/or a grade 5 in English Language. In addition, a willingness to engage in discussion, wider reading and expressing your ideas is very important.