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Religion (Philosophy and Ethics) A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics 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, oten very different from your own, and how these have evolved over time.

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics 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. 

Course content

WJEC's A Level Religion, Philosophy and Ethics consists of three externally examined papers. Topics covered over the two year course include: 
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 

Entry requirements

  • English GCSE grade C or above
  • Desirable: GCSE Religous Studies (or short course) at grade C or above

Open minded interest in religion. Interest in moral issues. Willingness to contribute to discussion.


The A Level is assessed by external exams

Financial information

Trip(s) to places of worship. Transport costs only plus optional donations.

Future 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. 
It is possible to take Religion (Philosophy and Ethics) alongside Philosophy (Pure). 

Further information

Teaching and Learning Styles

We will use a whole host of cooperative and independent learning methods to assist your learning. There is a good deal of discussion together, with plenty of resources available to support this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worcester Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years
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