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Religion, Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Ponteland Community High School

Course description


Those with a gen uine interest in human ethics, morality and religious beliefs.

Students who can cope with complex philosophical thought and ethical dilemmas

Those with good written communication skills.

Those with a questioning approach to life and to their studies.

People who can accept that there are not always ‘right’ answers

People who enjoy thinking for themselves, questioning and criticising what they read and hear

People who are committed and can work hard without supervision

Course content


A Level :

Paper 1 – Philosophy of Religion – arguments for the existence of God, the nature of religious experience, the problem of evil, the nature of the soul, the mind and body, life after death, ideas about the nature of God. 

Paper 2 – Religion and Ethics – ethical language and thought, debat es surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will, the application of ethical theory, the influence of ethical thought on religion and philosophy.

Paper 3 – Developments i n religious thought – sources of religious wisdom and authority, prac tices which shape and express religious identity and how these vary across religious traditions, significant social and historical developments in religious thought, key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at C or above, including either English Language or Literature at grade B or above and at least C in Maths and C in Science


A Level

Paper 1 – 2hr written paper (120 Marks) 33.3% of the A Level

Paper 2 – 2 hr written paper (120 Marks) 33.3% of the A Level

Paper 3 – 2 hr written paper (120 Marks) 33.3% of the A Lev el

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ponteland Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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