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AS/A2 Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics at St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description


All Trinity Sixth Forms take the Edexcel Course.

AS – First year

Philosophy of Religion

· Philosophical arguments for the existence of God

· The problem of evil and suffering

Philosophical debate about miracles

Religious Ethics

· The relationship between religion and morality 1

· Ethical theories 1

· Applied Ethics

Exam essay on the sanctity of life

A2 – Second year

Philosophy of Religion

· The existence of God

· Beliefs about life and death

Religious language

Religious Ethics

· The relationship between religion and morality 11

· Ethical theories 11

· Ethical language

· Concepts in moral discourse and applied ethics


Course content


Lessons allow for opportunity to discuss and critically analyse key philosophical and ethical debates that have intrigued man for thousands of years.

Regular essays are set to help all students to stay on target and detailed feedback is given.

The key textbook is supplied to all students as well as having access to a wide range of academic texts and up to date A Level journals and magazines.

As a class we also attend student conferences where you are able to meet and discuss the course with the chief examiners.


Entry requirements

Grade B in Religious Studies or Grade B in English Literature or History (essay writing subject) is acceptable




Two external  exams at the end of AS. Two  external exams at the end of Year 13. 


Future opportunities


Employers and institutions of Higher Education recognise AS/A Level Philosophy and Ethics as a challenging and worthwhile academic subject in its own right and a suitable springboard to a wide range of degree courses and careers –e.g. lawyers, teachers, doctors etc


Further information


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 John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014

Key information

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