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Ethics, Philosophy and Religion at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

The Ethics, Philosophy and Religion A-level will enable students to develop a deeper understanding of answers to key ethical, philosophical and religious questions. It will cover a range of issues which have been debated throughout history, and which are still relevant today. The A level course involves the study of three modules from the OCR Religious Studies course.

Course content

Philosophy of religion
Learners will study:
  • Ancient philosophical influences on the philosophy of religion, including Aristotle and Plato
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language.
Religion and ethics
Learners will study:
  • Normative ethical theories – theories which attempt to set rules for what is right and what is wrong, e.g. Utilitarianism and Natural Law
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance – euthanasia and business ethics
  • Ethical language and thought
  • Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.
Developments in religious thought
Learners will study the following issues in the context of Christianity:
  • Beliefs about human nature
  • Death and the Afterlife
  • Beliefs about God and Jesus
  • Christian morality and ethics
  • Religious pluralism – how Christians respond to other religions
  • Gender
  • Secularism
  • Liberation Theology and Marx.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.


Each of the three components will be assessed through a 2 hour exam paper at the end of the second year. Each component is worth 33.3% of the total marks for A Level.

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund

Future opportunities

Ethics and Philosophy is a sought-after subject amongst employers and higher education institutions because it equips students with a wide range of different skills. It enables students to understand a variety of belief systems and, most importantly, to be able to evaluate beliefs and arguments. A Level Ethics and Philosophy students will develop skills in literacy and ICT as well as more subject-specific skills such as text analysis, critical thinking, logical reasoning and personal evaluation. Ethics and Philosophy students enter a wide range of careers including journalism, policing, finance (accountancy, banking, management and consultancy), education, marketing, sales, advertising, law and social work. In addition, many Ethics and Philosophy students choose degrees in any humanities subject.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website

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: 06 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September