GCSE Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics

What Will I Learn?

Philosophy is the ancient study of knowledge and ideas. It literally means the ‘love of wisdom’. It involves questioning our ideas and assumptions about everything from the reality in which we live to whether or not God exists. Ethics is centred around answering moral questions such as “is terrorism morally justifiable, or “should we test on animals”.

Paper 1: Philosophy

  • The study of religions: beliefs, teachings and practices.· Islamic Philosophy: subject areas such as: the Afterlife, the Nature of God, Predestination and Freewill.
  • Christian Philosophy: subject areas such as: Evil and Suffering, the Trinity and the Nature of God.

Paper 2: Ethics

  • Relationships and Families: Marriage, Divorce, Gender and Family.
  • Religion and Life: Animal Testing, Abortion, Euthanasia and the Environment.
  • Religion, Peace and Conflict: War, Peace, the UN and Terrorism.
  • Crime and Punishment: Corporal and Capital Punishment, Prisons, psychological and social causes of Crime.

How Am I Assessed?

Two one hour and 45 minutes examinations.

What Career Options Do I Have?

The course helps to develop wide-ranging skills which are fundamental to a broad spectrum of careers. Skills such as being able to construct arguments, consider the implications of moral dilemmas, public speaking and debating and evaluating a range of viewpoints. The course looks at a range of complex moral dilemmas and provides an insight into how different people view the world
It is highly sought after by many universities as it is a unique discipline that is valued by further education establishments.
Possible career areas: Police Force, Medicine, Nursing, Law, Teaching, Sales, Business Management, Vet, Armed Forces, Politics, Social Care and Journalism.