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Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics A level at Francis Combe Academy

Course description

Who is suitable for the course? - The simple answer Is anyone! 

This course suits students who enjoy discussion and debate; the higher-order thinking skills of analysing, evaluating and justification of views; writing critical reasoned essays. 

Course content

Component 1: Study of Religion

example topics: 

  • Is God male? The issue of male language about God; the pastoral benefits and challenges of the model of Father; the concept of God as mother. 
  • The conflicting religious and non-religious views in the UK: the relationship between science and religion; the nature of proof 

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

example topics: 

  • Arguments for the existence of God: to what extent are they persuasive? 
  • Religion as a product of the human mind: the analysis of Freud and Jung 

Component 3: Religious Ethics

example topics: 

  • Is what is moral what God commands? 
  • Abortion, euthanasia, immigration, animal experimentation, use of nuclear weapons, sexual ethics: the practical application of morality 

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 or 4 A levels including the facilitating subjects, is a mostly A*/B profile at GCSE, including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 5 maths and English.

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 A levels, or a combination of A levels and vocational qualifications, is a mostly B/C profile at GCSE including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 4 English.

You will need 5 A-C including Maths and English to study the course 


For the award of an A level you must successfully complete three exams, one on each component. There Is no coursework.

Each exam for Component 1, 2 and 3 is two hours in length at the end of two years of study.

Future opportunities

Doing Religion, Philosophy and Ethics can make a significant contribution to any job that requires you to think well and to interact with other people. Big businesses, the City firms, the banks, the management consultancies, the chartered accountants are enthusiastic about people who have done Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, because they know how to think clearly and innovatively. 

Graduates of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics often go on to study medicine or nursing, or train to become clinical ethicists who assist doctors and nurses, which is a growth area in the NHS. Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is a very highly valued Humanities discipline and its graduates have included World Leaders, Renowned Lawyers, Artists of all disciplines and Social Reformers. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Francis Combe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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