Religious Studies

This will allow students to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of philosophy, religion and ethics and reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study.


Students will develop transferable skills which will allow them to present information coherently and analyse and evaluate arguments.

There are 3 x 2 hour written papers

Philosophy of Religion

Learners will study:

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language
  • Religion and Ethics

Learners will study:

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance –
  • Euthanasia and Business Ethics
  • Ethical language and thought
  • Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs

Development in Religious Thoughts – Buddhism

  • Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • Sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society