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Philosophy and Religion A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

Those of you who enjoy discussions, debating, researching or communicating ideas will find that this course will suit you.

Course content

What will I study?

Philosophy and Religion is all about the love of wisdom, the critical examination of ideas about us and the world, the search for truth through reasoning, as well as examining how we decide whether humans’ actions are right or wrong. Units covered include studying the diverse religion of Buddhism (including a visit to a Buddhist Centre), and a study on:

  • The philosophical arguments within Religion
  • A study of Religion: an independently chosen topic
  • Developments building on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed in the Unit ‘Buddhism and Philosophy’
  • Implications: the development of philosophical discussion and ideas

How will I learn?

Students are encouraged to research topics and present their ideas both in written and spoken form. Enquiring, critical and empathetic approaches to the study of religion are important skills that are encouraged and developed during this course.

Field trips to religious sites and visiting speakers give context to the theory studied.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A*- C including English Language.


The course is assessed by examination.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Philosophy and Religion shows a range of abilities: analysing and presenting information; expressing and questioning ideas and opinions. It is offered to those who intend to go into higher education. There are a wide range of career opportunities available for those who have studied this course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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