Religious Studies

Whilst studying Religious Studies at GCSE is not essential, it does help give students some insight into the Judeo-Christian mindset. Ideally, students should have gained at least a B grade in Religious Studies or one of the other Humanities subjects. The most important asset is an open and enquiring mind and an ability to see beyond the unfamiliar nature of a new subject to the future possibilities which it offers. Students are encouraged to accept the freedom to challenge the theories of Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche and their colleagues and formulate their own responses.

  • Small classes: which encourage maximum participation of students in an energetic and creative environment.
  • Valued individuals: each student is valued for the contribution which they bring to the learning process and the individual progress which is made throughout the course.
  • Teacher contribution: is at a high level throughout the course and subject staff are always available to offer guidance and support. Students are encouraged to utilise this support in their quest for success.
  • Course materials: are current and varied and constantly updated. Students attend a variety of relevant courses throughout the two years of the course.
  • Outstanding examination results

Philosophy literally means – the love (phil) of wisdom (spohia). It involves critical investigation into what is real and true. The philosophy of religion is an analysis of certain elements and concepts in religions. It raises such questions as:

  • Does God exist?
  • How can God be all powerful and all loving and evil and suffering exist?
  • Is there life after death?
  • Is there such a thing as infinite regress and how does this affect the idea of God?
  • Is the universe merely a ‘brute fact’? (Bertrand Russell)

You will learn to develop an enquiring mind, the ability to analyse a point of view, to develop reason through arguments and reach a logical, justified conclusion which is presented in an organised academic format. You will be supported by the teaching staff throughout the course and encouraged to explore your individual avenues of philosophical interest.

‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ (Socrates c. 470 – 399 BCE)

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