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Religion (Buddhism), Philosophy and Ethics

A level

Does God exist? Why is there suffering? How should we live our lives? Religion, Philosophy and Ethics explores these fundamental questions on human life as well as considering moral issues relevant in the modern world such as immigration and medical ethics.

You will spend your time analysing the variety of perspectives from the great thinkers of Buddhism, Philosophy and Ethics; reflecting on fundamental ideas and writing essays about views often different from your own, engaging with moral issues, beliefs and practices of diverse cultures and societies.

Our Religion, Philosophy and Ethics course gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in critical thinking and in written and verbal communication that are valued by employers and useful in careers such as Law, Education, Public Services and Medicine.

Course Content

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics explores major, fundamental questions concerning concepts and teachings such as: considering the meaning and purpose of life from a range of perspectives, arguments for and against the existence of God and issues in practical ethics.

You will investigate religious and philosophical texts, teachings, and figures, exploring ideas and theories from a great variety of viewpoints.

There are three strands to this A level:

Buddhism:the study of religious beliefs and practices; you will examine Buddhist teachings and beliefs; different schools of Buddhism such as Theravada, Mahayana, Zen and Triratna; Buddhist values and ethics; Key figures in modern and ancient Buddhism, important texts and Buddhist practices such as meditation.

Philosophy of religion;
you will consider arguments for the existence of God; the problems of evil and suffering; the nature and influence of religious experience; philosophical analysis of religious language; beliefs about life after death; psychological and atheistic view of religion as well as debates between religion and science.

Ethics;
You will study religious and secular ethical theories such as utilitarianism and natural law, the meaning and purpose of ethical language, and topics in applied ethics such as sexual ethics, animal rights, nuclear deterrence and medical ethics.


Assessment

  • 100% Exam
  • Exam Board: WJEC

Special Features

There may be opportunities to visit a Buddhist Monastery and other Buddhist centres and meet practitioners who will discuss their experience and perspective.

There will also be opportunities to attend academic conferences on ethics and on the philosophy of religion.

Students will enjoy this course if they are able to consider views different to their own.

The course focuses on the analysis and evaluation of information so is suitable for students who are keen to ready widely and develop their essay skills.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE Maths
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Religious Education if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

The study of Religion, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at this level can lead to a variety of higher education courses and careers.

This course will assist you in areas such as law, medicine, teaching and social work.

Students who recently completed the course are taking degrees in Religion, Politics and Society at Leeds, History and Theology at Birmingham, Philosophy and Literature at Warwick, International relations at University College London, and Social Work at Newcastle

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