Students who opt for Religious Studies AS Level follow the Edexcel course in Philosophy and Ethics. The course gives students the opportunity to develop their philosophical thinking skills and put very famous arguments to the test. It is an excellent preparation for university, as we encourage learning through discussion, engagement with famous primary texts and independent research.  The Department hopes to sow the seeds of critical inquiry and encourage students to let no stone go unturned and no assumption go unchallenged in their quest for answers.

Year 12 Outline:

This is a fascinating course that looks at questions such as: 'Can we know that God exists?' 'Why is there evil and suffering?' 'Is it ever morally right to go to war?''Are abortions acceptable?' The course gives students the opportunity to develop their philosophical thinking skills and put very famous arguments to the test. It is an excellent preparation for university, as we encourage learning through discussion, engagement with famous primary texts and independent research. There are two exams at the end of the AS year: Unit 1: "Foundations"in which you have to answer three questions on Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. Unit 2: "Investigations" in which you answer one question in 1 hour 15 minutes on a prepared topic.

Year 13 Outline:

At A2, students continue to study Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. Candidates sit 2 papers at the end of the year: "Unit 3: Developments", which is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and "Unit 4: Implications" which is 1 hour and 15 minutes long. In the Developments paper, candidates answer three questions. This can either be 2 Philosophy of Religion and 1 Ethics or vice versa. Unit 3: Development Topics Philosophy of Religion The Argument from Religious Experience,The Ontological Argument, The Non-Existence of God, Religious Language, Life after Death. Ethics- Critique of the Relationshp between Religion and Morality, Deontology, Natural Law and Virtue Ethics, Ethical Language, Objectivity, Subjectivism and Relativism, Justice, Law and Punishment.

Unit 4 Religious Studies — Implications 50% of the total A2 marks 25% of the total GCE marks *Unit code 6RS04. This unit is assessed by an external examination of 1 hour and 15 minutes. In the Implications paper, candidates are given a piece of text from an anthology and are asked one question concerning the implications of this text for religion and human experience. Students will answer onequestion based on an extract from the GCE Religious Studies Anthology published by Edexcel on one of the areas. Religious language: Ayer, A -God-talk is evidently nonsense 2. Religious experience: Donovan, P - Can we know God by experience? 3. Modern philosophy of religion: Westphal, M - The emergence of modern philosophy of religion.