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Religious Studies - Philosophy and Ethics GCE A Level at Sir Harry Smith Community College

Course description

Students studying A level Philosophy and Ethics have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of work religions. in addition they will have the chance to explore the philosophy of religion and ethical decisions which people make in their everyday lives.The course looks at relevant topical issues and enables students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the major issues that are relevant to learners in the 21st century.

Course content

Philosophy and Ethics is split into 3 distinct areas: Philosophy and Religion, Religion and Ethics and Developments in religiious thought.

Topics covered include:

  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • The possibility of life after death
  • Conscience and free will
  • Ethical theories

Students will also study the history, identity, beliefs and values of one religion in detail.


Entry requirements

Students are expected to have achieved a minimum of a C in English language and a Humanities subject at GCSE.


The A level Philosophy and Ethics course will be assessed through 3 terminal exams (at the end of year 13):

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Developments in religious thought

Each unit is assessed by a 120 minute written exam.

Future opportunities

Philosophy is highly regarded by universities and is accepted for entry onto degree courses in Philosophy and many other subjects. Universities and employers alike value the analytical skills developed through studying this discipline.

Careers it might lead to include: the public sector, health and social care, teaching and education, retail, public relations, law marketing, journalism.

Further information

For further information about this qualification contact the Careers Coordinator at the College.

This course is usually delivered as part of a full time programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Harry Smith Community College directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years