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Religious Studies: Philosophy, Theology and Ethics A Level at La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School

Course description


The three main areas of study are as follows:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics
  • Development in Religious Thought: Christianity

Students will study these different branches over the two year course.


In Year 13 students will continue with their study of these branches of the course.

Entry requirements

  • 6 or above in English language and a
  • B in RE/another humanities

No commitment to any religious persuasion is pre-supposed. The course is open to candidates of any or no religious persuasion. Students will be assessed on the merit of the arguments they use about the issues raised, not on their personal beliefs.


For this new specification, all examinations will take place at the end of year 13, following the completion of the two year course.

There will be three examinations, with one for each of the three branches of the course. Each examination will last for 2 hours and each will have equal weighting with regards to the final grading of the A level qualification.

Future opportunities

  • This Religious Studies: Philosophy, Theology and Ethics course prepares for entry to any arts or literary degree course at university level, particularly philosophy, theology and law but also English, history, sociology, psychology and creative writing.
  • Due to the course‚Äôs focus on ethics and developments in religious thought, it is also a useful and popular course for those interested in degree courses involving medicine, politics or social sciences.
  • Religious Studies: Philosophy, Theology and Ethics is a well-regarded degree for entry into any profession.
  • To help you decide whether this course subject is for you, consider the following questions. As a result you might feel that the course is not for you or it definitely is for you. Alternatively, the questions might stimulate you to do further research or to test out trying something new.
    • Are you confident in your writing of extended, high quality essays?
    • Are you prepared to read a great deal, taking personal responsibility to prepare for lessons through persevering through complex, original texts?
    • Do you enjoy debating issues such as the existence of God, good and evil?
    • Do you enjoy justifying your ethical views around modern moral issues?
    • Are you interested in religion and the critical evaluation of the role that it does or should play in modern society?

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017
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