Why choose Philosophy, Ethics and Religion?

Philosophy, Ethics and Religion is about people and their questions. The subject gets to grips with people’s real lives, what they believe and what makes them act as they do. It is also about societies and cultures often very different from your own, and how these have evolved over time. This course will appeal to you if you are enthusiastic and thoughtful enough to want to understand the deeply held convictions of others and to examine your own prejudices, assumptions and beliefs. You will be able to study what different thinkers have said on these questions, as well as studying a world faith in depth.

Teaching and Learning Styles

We will use a whole host of cooperative an independent learning methods to assist your learning. There is a good deal of discussion together and plenty of resources are available to support this course, which can be easily accessed through Moodle.

Course Content

The course consists of three externally examined papers. Topics covered include the following:

Philosophy of Religion
Philosophical issues and questions
The nature and influence of religious experience
Problems of evil and suffering
Philosophical language

Religion and Ethics
A study of three ethical theories
Application of ethical theories to issues of importance
Ethical language
Medical ethics: beginning and end of life issues

Study of One World Religion
Religious beliefs, values and sources of wisdom and authority
Practices that shape and express religious identity
Social and historical developments
Works of scholars
Religion and society


The A Level is assessed by external examination at the end of the second year.

Profile student - Verity Beales

Verity Beales

Philosophy, Ethics & Religion - Nunnery Wood High School
After taking this subject as a mandatory GCSE in high school, I decided that I would continue to A Level as I was very interested in the moral stand points of our day to day lives which bears more focus at this level. I also study English Language and Graphic Design. This course ties in nicely with sociolinguistics from English Language, and I although Graphic Design is not necessarily linked, it does keep my workload interesting and varied for me. I also took Latin as an enrichment subject, which fitted in well. After College, I would like to pursue a career as a journalist, and know that this will benefit me in the wider world.

Progression Opportunities

You can go on to do degree courses in Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy, or Oriental Studies which make direct use of the subject content. The thinking skills it encourages are easily transferable to other subjects and a qualification in this subject is valuable in teaching, journalism, medicine and any other area where you come across people and their ideas.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion4GCSE Religious Studies (or short course) at grade 4 or above.Open-minded interest in religion. Interest in moral issues. Willingness to contribute to discussionTrip(s) to places of worship. Transport costs only plus optional donations.

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