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Across the three modules of Religious studies - Philosophy, Ethics and Theology - we’ll look together at how people through the ages have sought to find the answers to these questions and add your voice to the debates which have raged for thousands of years.

Subject Content

Philosophy or Religion

  • Philosophical issues and questions
  • The nature of influence and religious experience
  • Problems of evil and suffering
  • Religious language
  • Works of scholars
  • Influences of developments in religious belief

Religion and Ethics

  • Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics
  • A study of three ethical theories
  • Application of ethical theories to issues of importance
  • Ethical language
  • Deontology, Virtue Ethics and the works of scholars
  • Medical ethics: Beginning and end of life issues

New Testament Studies

  • Social, historical and religious context of the New Testament
  • Texts and interpretations of the Person of Jesus
  • Interpreting the text and issues of relationship, purpose and authorship
  • Ways on interpreting the scripture
  • Texts and interpretation: the Kingdom of God, conflict, the death and resurrection of Jesus
  • Scientific and historical-critical challenges, ethical living and the works of scholars

Study of Religion

  • Option 4A: Buddhism
  • Option 4B: Christianity
  • Option 4C: Hinduism
  • Option 4D: Islam
  • Option 4E: Judaism
  • Option 4F: Sikhism

Assessments

 

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

  • Philosophical issues and questions
  • Scholars answer all questions in Section A, B and C.

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics 

  • Significant concepts in issues or debates in religion and ethics.
  • Scholars answer all questions in Section A, B and C.

Paper 3: New Testament Studies

  • Social, historical and religious context of the New Testament
  • Scholars answer all questions in Section A, B and C.

Paper 4: Study of Religion

  • Scholars take one of the following six options; Buddhism, Christianity. Hinduism

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Course Information

Edexcel A Level Religious Studies

Careers Options

Philosophy, ethics and theology is an excellent course for any kind of professional role that requires engagement with diverse communities and navigating their particular needs and challenges. 95% of graduates from Russel Group universities entering work and/or study within six months of graduation. Past alumni of philosophy, ethics and theology degrees include Martin Luther King (famous civil right campaigner) and Bill Clinton (US president).

Example industries:

  • Law
  • Politics
  • Medicine/ The NHS
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Management consultancy
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Charity administration
  • Social policy and the civil service

Link to Historical Association ‘Careers with History’