Philosophy, Religion & Ethics | AS & A-level

AS & A-level
What are the main features of this course?

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics is an A Level best suited to students who enjoy debate and critical thinking. For this subject it will be beneficial to have a keen interest in current affairs, and to keep up to date with socioeconomic and political issues highlighted in the media. You will need to have an open mind and the ability to develop evidence based arguments on both sides of controversial debates, so wider reading and independent research will be crucial to success in this A Level.

Topics covered include:

  • Arguments for and against the existence of God
  • Utilitarianism
  • Situation ethics
  • The value of life
  • Abortion & euthanasia
  • Postmodernism
  • Psychology
  • Religion
Hours of lessons per week: 5
Indicative group size: 20
How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through two essay based exams at the end of the second year of study. There will also be a mock exam at the end of first year, which will not count towards the final A Level grade but is important for subject monitoring and support. In addition, there will be regular exam question assessments to prepare you for the final exams.

Where can I go next?

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics students usually progress to university level study. Relevant degrees include Philosophy, Theology, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Law, Politics and Anthropology. You will also gain analytical skills and an in depth knowledge of social issues, which will be beneficial to many different job roles.

It has been so interesting debating with people from different cultures who have different opinions to me but there isn't any judgement. I've become a well rounded person because of this course.

Kira Philosophy, Religion and Ethics A Level Student