Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who enjoy discussing issues relation to religion, philosophy and ethics. The history, key ideas and impact of Islam is studied in detail. Different philosophical arguments for the existence of God, why evil exists in a world created by God, and evidence for miracles and supernatural events will be explored.

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including work experience or our Law, Sociology or Debating society.

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Are interested in a wide range of religious idea
  • Wish to learn more about ethical behaviour
  • Are interested in the academic study of a world religion
  • Are interested in challenging philosophical idea
  • Would like to progress to Higher Education to study a degree in a Social Science subject
  • Would like to progress into employment in areas such as counselling, social work and jobs within charities and local government

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by exams. The Units are: World Religion – Islam

  • Origins and development of Islam
  • Nature and authority of the Qur’an
  • 5 pillars of Islam
  • Concepts of Sharia Law and Jihad
  • Beliefs about prophets, judgement and heaven and hell
  • Islam and the modern world
Philosophy of Religion
  • Different arguments to explain the existence of God
  • Is it good to fear God?
  • The problem of evil and suffering
  • Religion as ‘all in the mind’
  • Religion and mystical experience
Religion and Ethics
  • Does moral law exist?
  • What is virtue?
  • What is goodness?
  • Does the ‘right thing’ depend on the situation?
  • How does morality relate to homosexuality, capital punishment and animal experimentation?

A Level

Course Leader:
Sally Shaw

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE English at Grade 5 or above and an average points score of 4.6 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by exams.