Religion, Ethics and Philosophy

Subject Intent: Why Religion, Ethics and Philosophy?

Studying Religion, Ethics and Philosophy challenges students to think about deep and controversial questions. It incorporates three key areas of study
(theology, philosophy and social sciences) and is designed to inspire students to reflect on what it means to be humans, and evaluate and reflect on the impact of beliefs on lifestyles. Students are encouraged to develop open minds that are analytical and evaluative, giving them the essential skills that are critical in large variety of careers.

Why should I study this subject? Religion, Ethics and Philosophy (REP) is an exciting and challenging subject that provides an outstanding education in thinking and communicating. You will learn to evaluate and argue with precision, skills your future university and employer is looking for. Students have an opportunity to ask and consider  the big questions in life such as, “is there a God?”; “how should we behave and what do the words
‘right’, ‘wrong’, ‘good’, ‘bad’ actually mean?” and “how should Christians practice their faith today”? It also encourages students to reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes. REP is highly regarded by top universities as it develops many transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of philosophy, religion and ethics. It can lead to further study in fields such as theology and religious studies, and combines well with subjects such as literature, sociology, history, psychology and sciences.

What will I study?
Study of Religion (Christianity) – religious figures and sacred texts, religious concepts, social and historical developments in religious thought e.g. attitudes to wealth and poverty and religious practices Religion and Ethics – religious and secular ethical theories about what makes actions moral or immoral, ethical theories applied to moral issues e.g. animal testing for medical research, debates about free will and determinism Philosophy of Religion – Arguments for the existence of God, challenges to religious belief including the problem of evil and psychological challenges from Freud and Jung, religious experiences and religious language.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

“Studying RS alongside scientific subjects has allowed me to see different types of thinking and ideas, giving me access to a diverse range of viewpoints, as well as teaching me the skills I need to express my thoughts across all my subjects.”
Daisy Young – Wakefield Independent School