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A Level

Philosophy, Ethics & Religion AS & A Level

Subject Area
Humanities & Social Sciences
Start Date
September 2021
Study Mode
Full-time
Duration
2 years
Level
Level 3

This is a stimulating course that invites you to investigate controversial areas of ethics, enter into philosophical discussion and discover religious ideas of the 21st century. GCSE Religious Studies is not a requirement.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 subjects at grade 5 or above at GCSE plus English Language at grade 4 or above. You must also have achieved a grade 5 in either GCSE English Language, History or Religious Studies.

What will I study?

Year One
Units include:

Philosophy of Religion

  • Christianity
  • God/gods/ultimate reality
  • Life after death
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience, how it’s assessed

Ethics, religion and society

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death


    Year Two

    Units include:

    Philosophy of Religion

    • Religious language
    • Miracles
    • Self and life after death

    Ethics, religion and society

    • Key moral principles
    • Religious identity
    • Free will and moral responsibility
    • Conscience

    Philosophy of Religion

    • Religious language
    • Miracles
    • Self and life after death

    Ethics, religion and society

    • Key moral principles
    • Religious identity
    • Free will and moral responsibility
    • Conscience


      Preliminary reading

      Religious Experience by P Cole (Pub. Hodder and Stoughton)
      Ethical Studies by R Bowie (Pub. Nelson Thornes)
      Puzzle of God by P Vardy

      Method of delivery

      You will typically be in College four days per week. In-College delivery is supported by online resources, and students develop strong independent learning skills to equip them for their next steps.

      How will I be assessed?

      Two written papers at the end of the second year for the full A Level.

      Good course combinations

      This course works well with English, Maths and Humanities subjects.

      Your next steps

      This subject with its debate, exploration of ethical issues and investigation into belief, provides an ideal platform for courses at degree level. Professions such as law, medicine and those involving people can draw on the many varied aspects of the Philosophy, Ethics & Religion course. Past students have gone on to acting, courses in maths, human rights law and youth work.

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