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Philosophy, Religion and Ethics - A-Level at Chesham Grammar School

Course description

Skills developed in this course

  • Recollection and application of knowledge
  • Critical analysis and evaluation
  • Justification and reasoning
  • Deployment of evidence and examples
  • Interpretation of scholarly opinion
  • Research

Course content


Philosophy of Religion

  •  Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion
  •  Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion
  •  Arguments for the existence of God
  •  Challenges to religious belief

Religious Ethics

  • Ethical theories – Kant, Natural Law, Utilitarianism, Christian Ethics
  • Applied Ethics – Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering, War


Philosophy of Religion

  • Religious Language
  • Experience and Religion
  • Nature of God
  • Life and Death
  • Miracles

Religious Ethics 

  • Meta-ethics
  • Free will and determinism
  • Conscience
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Applied Ethics – Environmental, business and sexual ethics

Philosophy of Religion

This is the study of the arguments for and against the existence of God.


This is the study of how we decide whether an action is right or wrong, good or bad.

Entry requirements

For Advanced level courses, students will be expected to have successfully completed GCSE level examinations, with an average score of 46 points from their best eight GCSEs.

The average is worked out by converting each grade to a numerical score where:

A* = 58, A = 52, B = 46, C = 40, D = 34, E = 28, F = 22 and G = 16 b.

In an A level subject to be taken there is a requirement of grade B or above at GCSE (Grade A or above in Maths, Music and the Sciences), either in the subject itself or in an appropriate related subject in the case of new courses, as indicated on the subjects’ requirement. At least a C in English Language and Mathematics.

Subject Specific

GCSE Grade B or above

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chesham Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015
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