Philosophy, Ethics & Religious Studies

A Level

Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies is a course designed to stimulate you intellect and broaden your horizons. During
your studies, you will develop your ability to produce coherent academic essays, as well as to articulate logical and convincing arguments of your own.

The subject aims to teach you essential academic skills such as analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies asks you to ponder some important questions within modern society, it is a highly critical and engaging subject. Good reading and writing skills are essential components for succeeding on this course.

Please note that this course will be certified as A Level Religious Studies.

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Over the two years at Wyke you will study three components/units:  Philosophy, Religious Ethics and Christian Theology. Each unit will be examined at the end of your second year.

There will be an internal exam at the end of your first year which you will need to pass in order to progress to the second year. The three components are studied across both years, with the elements in your second year building on your first year.

Year One

Philosophy 1

  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Soul, Mind & Body
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Religious Experience
  • The Problem of Evil

 Ethics 1 (Ethical theory)

  • Utilitarianism
  • Situation Ethics
  • Natural Law
  • Kantian ethics

Applied ethics

  • Euthanasia
  • Business ethics
  • Sexual Ethics

Christian Theology 1

Insight

  • Beliefs about Human Nature
  • Beliefs about Death and the Afterlife

Foundations

  • Knowledge of God’s existence
  • The Person of Jesus Christ

Living

  • Christian moral principles
  • Christian moral action

Year Two

Philosophy 2

  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Religious language

 Ethics 2

  • Conscience
  • Ethical Language & Thought

Christian Theology 2

Challenges

  • Religious Pluralism
  • The Challenge of Secularism

Developments in Christian thought

  • Feminist Theology
  • Liberation Theology

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