How long does it last? Two years
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Students who take this course:

This course will be an opportunity to study some fundamental questions which people have always asked about life including: How should we behave and act in society? What is the purpose of life? Can we prove God exists? Is there Life after Death? What is the value of scripture in contemporary society? It will encourage you to deal with controversial ideas about belief and values and will give you the confidence to express yourself using reasoned argument and evidence. It will focus on using the writings of key scholars to explore differing viewpoints about the development of the ideas. It will develop transferable skills of informed discussion and engagement with a range of texts and opinions which are a valuable basis for progression to higher education.

Students will have enquiring minds and enjoy discussion, expressing their opinions and justifying their comments. They should want to develop their critical and analytical skills. It will involve research and personal study. This subject equips students with problem solving, communication and presentation skills and therefore is an excellent choice of subject for those thinking about Law, Education, History, English & Medicine. It is also ideal for students who want to keep their options open for further study.

Students should have a minimum Grade 5 in RE and Grade 5 in English Literature to take this course. However it is not always necessary to have studied GCSE RE and we will consider other applicants based on other humanities grades.

Course Outline

There are three themes to be studied in this course with each area of study equating to a third of the overall course. Each theme will be examined in a separate paper and be taught by a different teacher.

Philosophy & Religion
This will include the study of Philosophical issues and questions such as the existence of God, the nature and influence of religious experience, problems of evil and suffering, philosophical language, works of scholars, influences and developments in religious belief including religion and science and atheism.

This will include studying significant concepts in issues and debates in religion and ethics, a study of ethical theories and applying the theories to issues of importance such as war and sexual ethics, ethical language, the work of scholars and medical ethics.

New Testament Studies
This will include a study of the historical and political context of the New Testament, Interpretations on the Person of Jesus, interpretations of the purpose and authorship of certain texts, ways of interpreting scripture and scientific and historical critical challenges to the New Testament.