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A Level Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics at St Peter and St Paul, Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description


Our aim is to help the students develop a range a of skills including the ability to think philosophical and ethical issues through in a rational manner, to draw logical conclusions from the results of their research and to be able to communicate effectively through a variety of mediums. We aim to help our students enhance their research skills, their ability to justify their views, consider the implications of the theories they study and produce an well rounded learner who has the ability to think for themselves.


Year 12 Unit 1: The Cosmological Argument

The Teleological Argument

Evil & Suffering

Religious Experience

Year 12 Unit 2: Situation Ethics


Natural Law

Sexual Ethics

Year 13 Unit 3: Faith And Reason

Religious Language

Freewill & Determinism

Religion & Science

Year 13 Unit 4: Life, Death And Life After Death

Entry requirements


5 GCSEs at A*-C. A Grade B / A or above in Religious Education and a Grade B or above in English. Students need good communication skills both verbally and through written essays. The course suits those with a passion for asking vital questions about the existence of all things and a healthy sense of curiosity. Students will be expected to analyse philosophical and ethical matters in groups and on their own.

Future opportunities


Philosophy & Ethics is much sort after by universities be it that you study it as a lone subject or in combination with any other subject. A significant number of A2 students go on to study Theology or Philosophy at university.

Careers vary from the Banking sector and the Armed Forces to the more vocational careers such as Teaching, the Medical profession and Social work. Some students have been

employed in the Environmental sector with this qualification

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter and St Paul, Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years