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Philosophy & Ethics (Religious Studies) AS/A2 Level 3 at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School

Course description

What is the course about?

The course encourages learners to adopt an enquiring, critical approach to the study of religious ethics and the philosophy of religion.An Ethics/Philosophy A Level may prove an excellent addition to your completed A Level profile, whether you are following an Arts or Science based course.

For whom is the course suitable?

If you have an interest in asking questions about the existence of God, in human existence, in ethics and values; if you have an interest in religion in general or if you wish to follow a philosophical and ethical approach to study then this course will provide you with the opportunity to study those areas of interest.

Teaching Methods and Homework commitment

Students learn through a variety of teaching applications so that all may benefit from the course. Teaching may compromise of lecturing; ICT work; project group work including students learning to deliver seminars to their peers (an essential skill required as an undergraduate). There will be opportunities to attend conferences and other areas of interest relevant to the course. Students are assessed regularly through essay assignments, mock examinations and extra revision classes and are supported by textbooks and course materials. 

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

Successful completion of this A Level will give access to a range of possible career and educational opportunities. Employers and universities value the range of transferable skills accumulated by the students throughout their A Level which include synthesising, interpreting and evaluating information from a variety of scholarly sources and the need for the research to be effectively communicated. Students who have completed this course have gone on to study a host of disciplines including medicine, sciences, journalism, business studies, philosophy and theology, anthropology, archaeology, robotics, engineering.

Method of Study and Assessment

Year 12

Component 1 – Philosophy and Religion

God, Self, Death & Afterlife, Sources of Wisdom & Authority, Classic Arguments for the Existence of God, Evil & Suffering, Religious Experience.1h 45min Exam Paper (stand-alone)
50% AS Level

Component 2 –  Ethics, Religion & Society

Key Moral Principles & Identity, Theoretical Ethical e.g. Situationism (Fletcher), Virtue (Aristotle), Applied Ethics e.g. Cloning, Designer Babies, Abortion, Euthanasia, Capital Punishment, Animal Rights in Research & Organ Transplant, Blood Sports.

1h 45min Exam Paper (stand-alone)
50% AS Level

Year 13

Component 1 – Philosophy and Religion

Course content builds upon the AS modules and includes: The Challenge from Science, Religious Language, Miracles. Nature & Function of Religion.

3h Exam Paper (combining AS Study)
50% of  A Level

Component 2 –Ethics, Religion & Society

Course content builds upon the AS modules and includes: Sexual Identity, Religious Pluralism, Meta-Ethics, Free Will & Moral Responsibility, Conscience, Moral Decision Making (Bentham & Kant).

3h Exam Paper (combining AS Study)
50% of  A Level





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Entry requirements

See Prospectus on school website for details.

Further information


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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