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Religion, Ethics and Philosophy A-Level at Bristol Brunel Academy

Course description

'Abortion is murder' – is it? 'Internet pornography is immoral' - is it? 'Extreme religious ideas are dangerous' - are they?

Course content

Year 1
  • Ethics 1: We study a range of ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, the Nature and Value of Human Life and in depth ethical questions raised by Abortion and Euthanasia. 
  • Philosophy of Religion: We study the cosmological argument, whether religious experience proves that God exists, the rise of atheism and the 'death of God' and whether the idea of a God has been explained away by psychology.
Year 2
  • Ethics 2: We build upon the ethical ideas and question whether we have free will or if all our actions determined.
  • Religious Fundamentalism: We look at the origins of religious fundamentalism and in the world today. We compare and contrast the Taliban and the Amish.


Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE English language; the ability to enquire, think critically, reflect and evaluate to construct an argument; the ability to reflect on and develop own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their learning.

Minimum Academic Standard for Progression into Y13

Entry into Y13 is not automatic in CLF Post 16.

The majority of students will continue into Y13 dependent on the entry criteria for courses as outlined below:

For A levels, all students must attain a minimum academic standard of passing all subjects with at least two D grades for successful progression in to Y13.

Supportive statements from subject teachers confirming suitability for continued study at A level. Following receipt of AS results, students who have met the entry requirements will be offered a place in Y13.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements into Y13 will be given guidance about a change of study programme and relevant courses available. They will not be allowed to re-sit the same core learning aims (i.e. subjects) as they did in Y12.


Exam for each module 
No coursework

Future opportunities


Religious studies; theology; philosophy; law; journalism; sociology and the social sciences; medicine; nursing and teaching.


Solicitor; doctor; journalism; teaching; youth work; police; counselling; armed forces; social work and law.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Brunel Academy directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2015

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