A Level Theology (Philosophy and Ethics)
Six GCSEs 9-4, two from English, Maths OR Science
Two at least grade 6
It is not essential to have studied GCSE RE
A Level Theology, Philosophy and Ethics explores some of the biggest questions that humans ask. What is the purpose of life, is there a God and is there really such a thing as freewill? These are just some of the questions that you will explore as you study some of the most influential thinkers of the last 2500 years.
Christianity: You will study the origins, development and influence of Christian thought. You will also explore some of the challenges facing Christianity in the modern world, including the relationship between religion and science.
Philosophy: You will explore a range of arguments for and against the existence of God, considering the contribution of science and psychology to this debate as well as the problem of why God would allow evil to exist.
Ethics: this is essentially the study of what makes us think certain actions are right or wrong. You will explore issues such as whether morality is absolute or if rules can be broken for the greater good. You also study a range of issues such as the use of animals for medical research, the justification of nuclear weapons and issues related to immigration.
You will develop the ability to analyse a range of opposing ideas and concepts alongside the skills of critical evaluation and learn how to draw reasoned and persuasive conclusions. You will also develop your communications skills thorough class discussions and debate.
Some students go on to study directly related degrees such as Theology or Philosophy. It is also an excellent complementary subject for any humanities degree such as Psychology, Sociology or History. Many students take this alongside science or maths and go onto to science degrees. Common careers that this subject prepares you for are law, teaching and journalism but it also develops skills that are equally valued in the medical professions.
Theology, Philosophy & Ethics is an intriguing subject, it gets you thinking and the class discussions are always good.
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