Philosophy & Ethics (Religious Studies) A Level

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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Closing Date for applications is Friday 12th February 2021.

Any applications received after this date will be treated as a late application. 

What is the course about?

The course encourages learners to adopt an enquiring, critical approach to the study of religion philosophy and ethics. The A Level should prove an excellent addition to your completed A Level profile, whether you are following an Arts or Science based course.

For whom is the course suitable?

If you have an interest in asking questions about the existence of God, in human existence, in ethics and values; if you have an interest in religion in general or if you wish to follow a philosophical and ethical approach to study then this course will provide you with the opportunity to study those areas of interest.

Teaching Methods and Homework commitment

Students learn through a variety of teaching applications so that all may benefit from the course. Teaching may compromise of lecturing; ICT work; project group work including students learning to deliver seminars to their peers (an essential skill required as an undergraduate). There will be opportunities to attend conferences and other areas of interest relevant to the course. Students are assessed regularly through essay assignments, mock examinations and extra revision classes and are supported by textbooks and course materials. 

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

Successful completion of this A Level will give access to a range of possible career and educational opportunities. Employers and universities value the range of transferable skills accumulated by the students throughout their A Level which include synthesising, interpreting and evaluating information from a variety of scholarly sources and the need for the research to be effectively communicated. Students who have completed this course have gone on to study a host of disciplines including medicine, sciences, journalism, business studies, philosophy and theology, anthropology, archaeology, robotics, engineering.

Method of Study and Assessment

Year 12

Component 1 – Philosophy of religion and Ethics

Section A: Philopsophy

· Arguments for the existence of God

· Evil and suffering

· Religious experience

· Religious language

· Miracles

· Self and life after death

Section B: Ethics

· Ethical theories

· Issues of human life and death

· Issues of animal life and death

· Introduction to meta ethics

· Free will and moral responsibility

· Conscience

· Bentham and Kant

Component 2 –  Study of religion ~(Christianity) and Dialogues

Section A: Christianity

· Sources of wisdom and authority

· God/ultimate reality

· Self, death and afterlife

· Good conduct and key moral principles

· Expression of religious identity

· Religion, gender and sexuality

· Religion and science

· Religion and secularization

· Religion and religious pluralism

Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of religion and religion

How Christianity is influenced by, and has an influence on, philosophy of religion in relation to the issues studied.

Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies and religion

How Christianity is influenced by, and has an influence on, ethical studies in relation to the issues studied.

Assessment of both components is identical

2 Written exams—3 hours each

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How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements

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