Component One: Ethical Issues
This includes topics such as whether we are free to make our own ethical decisions, ethical theories, applied ethics looking at issues such as euthanasia and sexual ethics, and the study of ethical language.
Component Two: Philosophy
This includes topics such as academic arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, body and soul, religious experience and religious language.
Component Three: Theology
This component involves a comprehensive study of either Buddhist, Hindu or Christian thought and how this has changed over time.
This course will be assessed wholly by external examination at the end of Year 2. You will sit three examinations, each of which is two hours in duration. Each of the three elements is worth 33% of the overall grade.
You will need an interest in different viewpoints, belief systems and ethical behaviour. You will also be expected to participate in class discussions and engage in debates.
This is a highly academic subject that can support applications into a range of degrees such as Philosophy, Theology, Religious Studies and Political Science. This subject is particularly relevant to future careers in Law, Medicine and Politics. The subject also complements other subject areas such as English, History and Psychology and Sociology, through the development of essential skills such as essay writing, reasoning and textual analysis. Famous graduates of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies include comedians Ricky Gervais and Katy Brand (Philosophy), activists such as Martin Luther King (Theology) and politicians such as David Cameron, William Hague, Edwina Currie and Ann Widdecombe.
Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a grade B in either R.E. or History is needed. It is not necessary for students to have studied GCSE Philosophy and Ethics, nor to have any prior knowledge of Philosophy.