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Ethics A level at The Becket School

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics allows you to reflect on some of the most important questions people are faced with.

Ethics aims to understand the meaning of life and the nature of knowledge and goodness. When faced with choices about sex, relationships, money and lifestyles, we try to understand how we make ethical decisions about others and ourselves.

Philosophy encourages a critical understanding of the origin of the universe, our place within it and it raises questions about evil and suffering in the world.

Course content

At A Level the units consist of:

At A Level three papers/ units will be studied. The exam board is Edexcel.

Paper One: Philosophy of Religion

  • Philosophical issues and questions
  • The nature and influence of religious experience
  • Problem of evil and suffering
  • Philosophical language
  • Works of scholars
  • Influences of developments of religious belief
  • A study of religious language.

Paper Two: Religious Ethics:

  • Significant concepts in issues or debates in religious ethics
  • A study of Ethical Theories.
  • Application of Ethical Theories.
  • Deontology, Virtue Ethics.
  • Ethical Language.
  • Medical Ethics.

Paper Three: New Testament Studies or Paper Four: The Study of one religion- Christianity

Entry requirements

No previous knowledge or study of religious studies or theology is necessary in order to take the subject at A Level.


Units for A2 Level: Each Paper is for 2 hours.

Future opportunities

A Level Religious Studies has a good track record of success.   It is a very respected academic subject, complementing other A Level subjects.   It is useful to students wishing to study at university law, social work, business or a degree in Theology itself. Any employer requiring A Levels or a graduate would look favourably upon anyone qualifying with Religious Studies.

Further information


As well as covering advanced level study of Religious Studies, this course will enable you to develop some key skills, which will be essential to you whatever you go on to do afterwards.

Some of the key skills you are able to develop are:

  • Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Working with others
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving
  • Debating

Development of these skills will help you with your learning as well as facilitate your move into higher education or employment.

Combining With Other Subjects

Religious Studies combines well with almost all other humanities AS /A level subjects such as History, Geography and English. In addition, if taken with sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Religious Studies will give you a broad based curriculum.

Outside Activities

During the two years there are opportunities for various visits to local religious communities, the A Level conference in London and fact finding missions to the local university.

Pastoral Support

Students are closely supported and monitored, especially with coursework and bring in specialist help as and when required.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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