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RE, Philosophy & Ethics at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

The study of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics is vital to understand the world we live in. It encourages students to develop independent and critical thinking, allowing for the exploration of issues and questions that have been at the heart of civilisation since time began.  Students are encouraged to look beyond their own ideas to new concepts and philosophical ideas, relating these to the wider world. 

Course content

Component 1: Buddhism

Religious beliefs, values and teachings, in their interconnections and as they vary historically and in the contemporary world, including those linked to the nature and existence of God, gods or ultimate reality, the role of the community of believers, key moral principles, beliefs about the self, death and afterlife, beliefs about the meaning and purpose of life.


Component 2: Philosophy of Religion

This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental philosophical themes, ranging from arguments for the existence of God to the use of religious language..

Component 3: Ethics

This component provides learners with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and broad study of fundamental ethical themes, ranging from ethical language and thought to freewill and determinism.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE including English and R.E.  A grade 6 or above in R.E. at GCSE, however, prior study of the subject isn’t essential.  These are guidelines only and every student’s application will be treated on an individual basis.


Component 1: Buddhism

Written examination 2 hours; 33% of qualification

Component 2: Philosophy of Religion
Written examination 2 hours; 33% of qualification

Component 3: Ethics
Written examination 2 hours; 33% of qualification



Future opportunities

There are a wide range of career opportunities, including law, social work, medicine, journalism, tourism, teaching, human resources, management. It is accepted as a rigorous academic subject by all higher educational establishments and universities. It could, alongside other A levels, lead or support further study of Philosophy, Law, Psychology, English, Management, Social Studies etc.  The study of this subject can open up many possibilities for future educational development or career.


Further information

What skills will I develop?

The course will enable you to:-

  • Develop an interest in Philosophy and Ethics
  • Explore challenging questions relating to the existence of God and religious belief
  • Explore ethical theories and issues relating to moral questions
  • Develop thinking and reasoning skills
  • Make informed judgements about beliefs
  • Develop literacy skills

What other subjects should I study with Religious Studies?

It is compatible with any subject, especially English Literature, The Arts: Music/Dance /Drama, Sciences: Physics/Biology /Psychology and Humanities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years