Religious Studies

If you choose Religious Studies in the Sixth Form, you will be studying two subjects: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.

Philosophy is all about thinking, and of course how we think influences how we live. While studying Philosophy of Religion you will contemplate some of the toughest issues in life: Is there a God? What is God? What are the arguments for God's existence? Why is there evil in the world? Can miracles really happen? What, if anything, happens when a person dies?

Ethics is a branch of Philosophy concerned with how actions are classified as right or wrong. Most people think that murder is wrong. Some people think that a couple living together before marriage is wrong. Most people think that being honest is right. Some people think that it’s okay to clone human beings. We all have standards, but ethics tries to give a reason for these standards. In studying ethics you will discover how religious and non-religious people make moral decisions – and work out how you decide what is right.

What will I gain from Philosophy and Ethics?

  • The ability to think logically and to analyse the views of others
  • The ability to put forward your own opinion both orally and in writing
  • An appreciation of the effect of religion in our modern world
  • The opportunity to think about your own views about religion and what is right and wrong and to decide whether they are reasonable
  • The ability to understand why some people might believe things that seem absurd to you

Who can join the course? Anyone who...

  • has an interest in some of the issues raised above. The course is Christian based, but you do not need to have a religious faith;
  • is ready to have their ideas challenged;
  • is prepared to work hard – the concepts can be hard, and some days you will really need to persevere in order to succeed;
  • has an A or higher in GCSE Religious Studies or English.

Where can Religious Studies lead?

  • The most obvious degrees are theology and philosophy.
  • Many people go on to the ministry or to be teachers (but not the majority!).
  • An understanding of ethical issues is required in many professions… Law, accountancy, banking, medicine, anything involving people, and so on.
  • The ability to think logically and analytically is a vital skill for all career paths.
  • Universities are often very impressed with candidates who have done Religious Studies because it shows they have the ability to think.
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