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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at The Kings of Wessex Academy

Course description

Religious Studies at A level is designed to help you to develop an interest in religion, philosophy and ethics, and to take Religious Studies to a new level of academic rigour. It establishes a greater knowledge and understanding of Judaism/Christianity and a critical approach to current controversial ethical issues along with an enquiring attitude towards traditional philosophical arguments.

Course content

Why study Philosophy & Ethics at A-Level?
It enables you to investigate world religion, question arguments for the existence of God, and assess the practicality and effectiveness of religious ethical theories. You will establish independent learning, an enquiring mind, and the ability to problem solve and think outside the box. You can improve communication skills, strengthen research, and reflect and evaluate to produce coherent and sophisticated arguments.

What will I study?
You will follow the Eduqas Religious Studies A level: The course follows three separate components, each having equal weight: Component 1: A study of religion: Religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. Component 2: Philosophy of Religion: Arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language. Component 3: Religion and Ethics: Ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will.

How will I learn?
Full sets of notes are available on Firefly provided to all students, so the emphasis in lessons is on understanding and discussion. Lessons are varied and promote collaborative learning and the use of higher order thinking skills, students are supported and challenged to become independent learners, having clear perceptions regarding progress and how to improve their work.

Entry requirements

- A grade 4 or above in English GCSE and a grade C or above in RE or in a humanities subject.
- We welcome students from other centres who have not studied GCSE RE.
- It is not necessary to be religious however willingness to accept an intellectual challenge is required


A Level will be assessed with three examinations; an examination for each component (Judaism, Philosophy and Ethics). Each examination is 2 hr and worth 33 % of the total qualification. Each examination follows the same format with candidates having to answer one question from Section A and B.

Future opportunities

As an A level, Religious Studies is well respected by Russell group universities as it requires the academic rigour indicative of many degree courses. This A level can lead to a study of either Philosophy or Theology at university, as well as being a good support to almost any other subject being studied.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kings of Wessex Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2017

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