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A-Level Philosophy & Religion at Winstanley College

Course description

Why should I study Philosophy and Religion at Winstanley?

At Winstanley you will get the opportunity to develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for, a rigorous study of religion and its relation to the wider world. All positions and beliefs are respected within the department and students from many differing backgrounds choose Philosophy and Religion which makes debates in lessons lively and challenging from all perspectives.

What will I need?

Prior knowledge of Philosophy or Religion is not expected from any student beginning this course. Although the method by which you will be assessed involves writing – and good reading skills would be an obvious asset – students studying Science or Maths have made very successful students in previous years, as well as those studying other subjects. What is needed is an interest in philosophical and religious issues, together with a willingness to argue an opinion rather than just assert it.


As a P & R student at Winstanley you will get the chance to go on a variety of department trips, workshops and conferences. You will also have access to a well resourced section in the library, a fully stocked Moodle site, a selection of journals and use of the P&R department work area which is stocked with useful resources and an area to get some work done. The department also has a tutorial system where you can get individual one-to-one support throughout the year. There is a Winstanley Religion & Philosophy society who elects a president every year and they run student led enrichment such as film club, book club and charity events. Every year we run successful residentials. Locations in past years have been Rome, Beijing, Helmsley, Edinburgh and Auschwitz, Poland.


Previous students have gone on to study a variety of degree courses, including Philosophy, Theology and Religion. The skills you will be developing are highly valued in all kinds of careers where critical evaluation and the understanding of others are needed; ranging from law, the media, management, teaching, social work, domestic and international politics. Employers need ‘transferable’ expertise and even though technologies and markets change, the kind of abilities philosophy and religion encourages will always be in demand.

What will I study?

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Study of Religion - Buddhism
  • Religious Ethics


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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Winstanley College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years