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A Level Philosophy of Religion and Religous Ethics at Christ's School and Sixth Form

Course description


Philosophy literally means the love of wisdom and is the study of the ultimate questions in life.

This course is for students who like asking the big questions in life, who have an open mind and have a genuine interest in the subject. You need to enjoy reading texts, debating, critical thinking and be able to write and develop a good essay.

This course in Philosophy and Ethics will offer the enquiring student an opportunity to investigate the underlying ideas and assumptions that shape our society. Such study often provides illuminating insights into many of today's dilemmas such as nuclear deterrence, the existence of God, the problem of evil and many more fundamental questions.

The A Level is comprised of a number of modules in Philosophy and Ethics.
Unit 1 -Philosophy of Religion/Ethics

Unit 2 -Investigation of existentialism's contribution to the Philosophy of Religion focused around key questions: Why be moral? What is a good life? How should we live?
Unit 3 -Philosophy of Religion/Religious Ethics

Unit 4 -Investigation into key Philosophers in the Philosophy of Religion and exploring religions meaning and purpose in the world: past, present and future.


Course content

The study of the subject is divided between philosophy of religion and ethics. In the philosophy of religion course, you will study Ancient Greek and Judaeo-Christian metaphysical views, and become acquainted with works of Plato and Aristotle, as well as key biblical passages.

You will study the philosophical arguments for the existence of God devised by the-ologians throughout history, and also look at challenges to religious belief, such as the so-called 'problem of evil'.

The study of ethics equips you with knowledge and understanding of various forms of ethical theories. The main focus will be on natural moral law and other forms of Christian ethics, Kantian ethics and Utilitarianism. You will also practise applying these theories to topical issues such as abortion, fertility treatment, genetic engineer-ing, euthanasia and war.

Entry requirements

Students need a B grade in a humanities subject and a B grade in English


This will be done through two 90 minute examinations at the end of AS and A2. Students will be assessed through essay writing and on their ability to select and demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence, examples and correct terminology.

Future opportunities


With its academic rigour and essay approach, this subject will benefit many future degree studies. Philosophy and Ethics A level has helped lead students into diverse careers such as Law, Medicine, Economics, Psychology and Media.


Further information

Annual subject specialist conferences, visiting speakers on a wide range of topics, links with other sixth form and London based events.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS (1year) A2 (2years)
  • Number of planned places: 20