Theology and Philosophy

Head of Department:  Dr A Major

Examination Board: Cambridge Pre-U

Examination Board: Cambridge Pre-U

Many people have suggested that science was the ‘new religion’ of the 19th century.  If this is the case, surely philosophy is the ‘new religion’ of the 21st century, for exactly the same reasons; that is, it enables an individual to question what he or she is told, and to reach his or her own conclusions.

As such, the study of the Philosophy, Theology and Ethics develops an inquiring mind, the ability to analyse a point of view, the ability to develop and reason through an argument, and the ability to reach a logical and justified conclusion.

By the end of the course candidates will be able to select and demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence and correct language and they will be able to sustain a critical line of argument justify a point of view.

Scheme of Assessment



Introduction to Philosophy and Theology


2 hrs 15 mins

  • Foundational debates in philosophy
  • Foundational debates in epistemology
  • Ethics
  • The nature of belief
  • Conscience, free will and determinism



Topics and Keys Texts in Philosophy and Theology 1


2 hrs

Topic 3 - Philosophy of religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Religious Experience
  • Religion, science, evil and life after death 


Topics and Key texts in Philosophy and Theology 2


2 hrs

Topic 2 - Ethics

  • Christian ethics
  • Other ethical theories
  • Applied ethics