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Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) A level at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics is a challenging and interesting course which will enable you to:

  • Evaluate the arguments for and against the existence of God;
  • Explore a range of philosophical ideas;
  • Challenge any preconceived notions;
  • Develop Critical Thinking skills;
  • Exploring new perspectives on familiar topics, such as how we use our language;
  • Reflect upon their own lives by exploring ethical theories and moral dilemmas;
  • Consider debates across philosophy, psychology and science;
  • Open and broaden your mind and prepare you for the demands of higher education.

Course content

Component1: Philosophy of religion and ethics

Section A

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experience
  • Religious language
  • Miracles
  • Self and life after death

Section B

  • Ethical theories
  • Issues of human life and death
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Introduction to meta ethics
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Bentham and Kant

Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues

Entry requirements

6 GCSE’s grades A-C and English Language grade C or above.

Although GCSE offers a useful background, it is not compulsory. Given that the two areas of study are Philosophy and Ethics, this ‘A’ level is not focused on the world religions, but on the philosophy of religion which is very different from GCSE and is not a continuation of GCSE.  Subsequently students do not have to have any particular religious commitment to study this course.


There are two assessed components. Students must take assessments in both Component 1 and Component 2 in the same exam series.

Future opportunities

Philosophy and Ethics is widely respected by major universities and prospective employers. It provides excellent training for a variety of careers such as law, teaching, counselling, business, journalism, politics, social work, police, research, broadcasting, medicine and the arts. The high intellectual demands of Ethics and Philosophy are recognised by universities as equipping students to further their evaluative and analytical skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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