Why Study 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.

Why Study Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at Worcester Sixth Form College?

We will use a whole host of co-operative and 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. We have strong links with Worcester University and attend post 16 study events with students across the county.

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


Students say:

‘Philosophy helps you to establish your views’.
‘RS helps me to understand what makes people tick’.

Employers say: Metropolitan Police Officer:
‘It shows that a person has some understanding of the
beliefs and values of others’


Katie Snow

Philosophy, Ethics & Religion - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose to study Philosophy, Ethics and Religion as I have a long-running interest into the way in which religion forms such a prominent position in both increasingly secular and religious societies. The Philosophy element of the course has led me to consider the validity of my own pre-existing beliefs and enabled me to use logical reasoning to come to conclusions concerning the potential existence of God. Islam is the religion in which we study in depth on this course; I have found this incredibly interesting, particularly how the perceptions of the religion, for instance the role of men and women, can be determined so largely by the media coverage. I truly believe the study of Religion is instrumental in forming the basis of an educated society who can understand and empathise with one another as opposed to mere tolerance. After studying Judaism in GCSE Religious Studies, it has been a pleasant contrast to study the key beliefs and practices of another religion; this has ultimately opened my eyes to wider belief systems.

Progression Opportunities

You can go on to do degree courses in Religious Studies, Theology or Philosophy. It is a valuable qualification for higher education and many jobs because the thinking skills it encourages are easily transferable to other subjects. Major employers accept Philosophy and Ethics at GCSE and A Level as a valid qualification. Students who have taken the subject go on to careers in children’s work, nursing, banking, journalism, policing, law, acting, writing, teaching and retailing.

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Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance 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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