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Philosophy and Religious Studies A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”


Have you ever wondered what the answer might be to all those deep philosophical questions that puzzle the mind? The A level Philosophy and Religious Studies course tries to consider these and challenge your understanding of God, belief, ethics and life.

Course content

This course gives students the opportunity to explore and question fundamental questions about life, the universe and the world in which we live. We consider your beliefs and those held by the most famous philosophers and thinkers throughout the centuries, including Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Mill, Vardy and Singer, to name but a few.


  • Religious Ethics - How should we behave? Is morality relative or absolute? Should we follow laws or consider the consequences? Does everything have a purpose, and if so is it good if it only fulfils its purpose? At what point does life begin? Is it ever right to kill? What about War? (Abortion, Euthanasia, War and peace, Genetic Engineering).
  • Philosophy of Religion - Does God exist? Is it the greatest thing that can be conceived? Does science disprove God? Or is there a creator? Is God good? What about evil? Is this reality or are we seeing a reflection of reality? (Plato, the forms)


  • Religious Ethics - What is good, bad, right and wrong? Do we have freewill or are we determined beings? Do we have a conscience, what is the conscience? Business Ethics, the Environment, Sex and Relationships.
  • Philosophy of Religion - What is God like? Religious Experience, do miracles happen? Life, death and the soul. Religious language, its uses and purpose and the scholars’ theories and debates.

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.


Each paper, 1.5 hours long, requires you to answer two questions that are divided into part A and part B. 

Future opportunities

This course encourages you to think more deeply about some of the most important human questions that there are, as such it informs all aspects of our life. The skills you develop in examining issues from a variety of perspectives suit careers in areas such as Law, Journalism and Teaching. The emphasis in applied ethics will be very well matched for a career in medicine, health and social care, social work etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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