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Religion and Ethics

Subject Description

What should I do?  How should I act?  What is valuable about life?  Religion and Ethics at Thomas Whitham will help you to explore these essential questions from various religious and non-religious perspectives.  In particular we will be looking at issues of life and death, war and peace and relationships. Religion and Ethics will give you the skills to debate, assess and evaluate key questions about life, the universe and everything!

Future Destinations:

Religion and Ethics is a highly respected academic subject accepted by all major universities.  Students who have studied Religion and Ethics have gone on to further study in many different areas including Teaching, Nursing, Information Technology, Sports Studies, Physiotherapy, Law, Medicine, Business and Marketing in addition to the more obvious areas of Philosophy and Theology.  Employers value the skills with which Religion and Ethics students leave Sixth Form as it enables people to present clear, coherent arguments and to evaluate different options.


A Level

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Entry Requirements:

A grade 4 or above in Religious Studies (Full or short course) if you have studied this at GCSE but students who have not studied RS GCSE are also very welcome.

Extra Curricular Activities:

We have visits to the Manchester Buddhist Centre and other places of worship.  You will also meet guest speakers from different religions.  We have strong links with university religious studies departments and often undertake joint projects to give an insight into university life.

Content and Assessment Breakdown:

Component One: Ethics.

What does it mean to be ‘good’? We all try to do the right thing, but what does that mean in practice? We study different answers both religious and non-religious and consider what makes a moral decision.

Component Two: Philosophy of Religion

Why are we here? What is the purpose of our lives? How do we know anything? Why do bad things happen to good people? Does God exist and, if so, what sort of God is s/he? Have you ever wondered about any of these questions? Well, if you have then you are in very good company as, for at least the last two and a half thousand years, philosophers have been doing the same thing!

Component Three: Islam

Within the component the focus is upon Islam as a religion. We start by looking at the core ideas about what it means to be a Muslim. There is also a focus upon Muslim identity in contemporary Britain and the extent to which this can be seen as compatible with British values.


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