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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

This subject is offered as an A Level course. The beauty of Philosophy and Ethics is that it allows for personal reflection, discussion, the formation of argument and the debating of relevant ethical ideas. Your lessons will allow you to deepen your thoughts and ideas, challenge traditional concepts and arguments and articulate your reasoning and evaluation of moral issues.

Entry requirements

There is no coursework in Religious Studies. Religious Studies combines well with Humanities Subjects, Sociology and Psychology.


You will take an examination (1 hour 15 mins) comprising of two questions for each module of the course. There are two modules at AS Level and a further two at A2 Level consisting of the Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics.

In AS Philosophy of Religion (50% of AS course) you will study the following areas:

- The Cosmological Argument for the existence of God.
- The Religious Experience Argument for the existence of God.
- The conflict of atheism and postmodernism for belief in God.
- The psychological challenge to religion.

In AS Religious Ethics (50% of AS course) you will study the following areas:

- Utilitarianism.
- Situation Ethics.
- Religious teaching on the nature and value of human life.
- Abortion and Euthanasia.

At A2 you will broaden and develop your learning in the two elements

In A2 Religious Ethics (50% of A2 course) you will study the following areas:

- Libertarianism, free will and determinism
- Virtue ethics
- Religious views on sexual behaviour and human relationships
- Science and technology

In A2 Philosophy of Religion (50% of A2 course) you will study a topic in depth, from one of the following choices:
- Life, death and beyond
- Perceptions of ultimate reality
- Religious experience

Future opportunities

Religious studies is a good choice for students looking to progress into careers such as Teaching, Law, Journalism, Medicine, Social Work, and work for any Policing or Government Organisations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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