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AS/A2 Religious Studies -Philosophy & Ethics at St Thomas More Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

AS Ethics: consists of a study of situation ethics, utilitarianism and religion and morality, plus an ethical investigation into a medical issue such as euthanasia. At A2  it's the study of ethical concepts - deontology, virtue ethics and natural moral law theory. In addition the exploration of critiques of the link between religion and morality. God's eye nebula

Philosophy allows you to explore the big questions like "why are we here"? and "Can we prove God exists"?  It helps you to learn how to argue effectively and think critically. We cover topics including "The Problem of Evil", "Miracles", "Religious Experience", "Religious Language" and proofs of God's existence including Theological (argument from design), Cosmological (argument from causation) and Ontological (argument from definition).

Course content

Reading and essay writing are important as these are ultimately the way you will be assessed. In class we undertake a lot of group and interactive learning, this has been one method which has enabled us to give students a very good understanding of the topics covered. 

We have gained record results because of the variety of ways you learn in this subject. You will be involved in lots of class discussion. Being able to formulate a good argument is definitely a skill that you will gain from this course. If you enjoy thinking and finding new ways of looking at things then this is the subject for you!

Entry requirements

Five or more A*-C grade passes in GCSE subjects including English & Maths


GCSE A grade will be required for Maths, Physics & Chemistry. At least a GCSE B grade will be required for Biology & Modern Languages with a B in a Science subject required for Psychology.


Each year you will take one essay- style exam paper. You will answer three Philosophy & Ethics questions during this exam. In year 12 you will complete an exam based on one in-depth study of Ethics. In year 13 you will study an anthology of three Philosophers' work, you will complete a written exam on one of these.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses as a general preparation for a higher education course or as a foundation for studying Theology or Religious Studies at Higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues such as a Social Worker, Priest, Counsellor or Teacher. As with the other humanities, Religion is a good foundation for entering employment as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.

Further information

Philosphy & Ethics is a course that proves that you can think and write. It is very well regarded by universities and employers. It is on Cambridge University's list of preferred subjects. It is ideal for people considering any written-based subject at university or careers in law, teaching and anything where good written work is important.



Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Liz Todd (Trinity Progress Manager)
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 882936
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