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Religion, Philosophy & Ethics A-level at The Oakes College (Netherhall School)

Course description

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at A-level gives students the opportunity to look more deeply into the beliefs and cultures of the world in which we live. Students explore issues from a variety of standpoints and learn to analyse, defend and evaluate philosophers as well as their own ideas. Special attention is given to the skills needed for good essay writing and textual commentary.  The teaching methods include questions, discussion, reading, group work, presentations, watching videos and reading articles.  For A-level the AQA syllabus is used, consisting of 3 areas of study: Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics.

Course content

A-level Religion, Philosophy & Ethics:

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Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.


100% Examination

Students will study Christianity as part of the course.

Students are expected to sit only internal exams at the end of year 1 and the whole A-level grade will be based on the exams sat at the end of year 2.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses as a general preparation for a higher education course or as a foundation for studying Theology or Religious Studies at Higher Education.  With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues such as a Social Worker, Priest, Counsellor or Teacher.  As with the other humanities, Religion is a good foundation for entering employment as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.

Further information

Contact Mr K Abbas for further information: 

Delivery: Full-time


Open Evening:  16 October 2018

Application Deadline:   15 January 2019

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: 01 October 2018
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