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Key Stage 5 - RE

Key Stage 5

Year 13 2016-17

We follow the AQA GCE Syllabus offering the two units:

Philosophy of Religion


Both are challenging and interesting courses, enabling students to develop analysis and evaluation skills to a very high level whilst examining some of the biggest questions to face humankind.

Further Information can be found here:


Ethics AS has 4 units:

Two of these involve a study of ethical systems and two are Applied Ethics where students examine issues from the viewpoint of the ethical systems they have studied in the first part of the course.


Situation Ethics


Abortion and Euthanasia

Ethics A2

At this level, students now narrow their focus and study Medical Ethics. They examine a range of issues such as the allocation of scares resources, animal testing and life support machines from the viewpoint of a range of ethical systems as well as religion.


AS Philosophy of Religion focuses on the arguments surrounding the existence of God.

There are 4 units.

The Cosmological argument for the existence of God.

 Is Religious Experience proof of God’s existence?

Can Psychology explain belief in God?

 Atheism and postmodernism: Is the need for God in retreat in the postmodern world?


At this level, students are introduced to philosophical reasoning. They are encouraged to use key terminology and terms. They explore four units on the ontological argument and the relationship between reason and faith;  the problem of religious language; body, soul and personal identity and the problem of evil. All are considered in the context of ancient and later philosophers.

Year 12 2016-17

We follow AQA Religious Studies

AQA Religious Studies A level 7062(Two year course)

AQA religious Studies AS level 7061(One year course)

Component 1: Philosophy and Ethics (67%)

Component 2: Buddhism (33%)

Component 1 Section A: Philosophy of religion

Component 1 Section B: Ethics and religion


Component B: Buddhism
Paper 1 (2 hours AS; 3 hours A2) Paper 1(2 hours AS: 3 hours A2) Paper 2(1 hour AS; 3 hours A2)
Arguments for the existence of God. Criticisms of these. Ethical theories. How do the theories help us decide about lying and stealing? Sources of wisdom and authority. Eg the Buddha
Evil and suffering. Why does it happen? Issues of human life and death (Eg. abortion; euthanasia; cloning) God/gods/ultimate reality.
Religious experience. Eg visions Issues of animal life and death. (eg testing; eating meat; blood sports Self, death and the afterlife.
Religious language. Introduction to meta ethics. Good conduct and key moral principles.
Miracles. Free will and moral responsibility. Expression of religious identity.
Self and life after death. Conscience. Religion, gender and sexuality.
    Religion and science secularisation and pluralism

The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion. How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

The dialogue between ethical studies and religion. How religion is influenced by, and has an influence on ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

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