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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Sidmouth College

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics is a Religious Studies A Level. It is a fascinating and stimulating subject, tackling such questions as: Is there a God? Why do we suffer? How do we know right from wrong? Is there Life after Death?

Course content

The course is an investigation of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. We follow the Edexcel A Level course. There is a lot of class discussion and you will be asked to investigate issues, present arguments and reach conclusions. Students will be learning to think critically and evaluate and analyse a range of arguments as well as presenting and explaining their own views.

We study arguments for the existence of God, Miracles, Suffering and Evil, Life after Death, Ethical Theories such as Utilitarianism and Deontology, Abortion, War, Environmental and Sexual Ethics. We also look in detail at a religion, doing an in depth study of beliefs and practices.

Entry requirements

We would normally only accept students who have achieved an A* - C grade at GCSE Religious Studies. However, individual circumstances will be considered by the Head of Department. You will need to be willing to think!


Assessment is carried out through examinations only. The papers contain short and essay style questions, based on the following:

  • Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Deeper study of religion

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2017

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