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Religion, Philosophy & Ethics A Level at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

Why study Philosophy & Ethics?

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics is an ever-popular exam course, which deals with fundamental life questions that will have an affect on all of us at some time. The course involves the establishment of a body of key knowledge and understanding, as well as developing important skills such as critical analysis and evaluation of a variety of scholarly views, as well as improving essay-writing techniques.  


Course content

What will I study?

The subject content for A Level Religious Studies is divided into 3 components;

1. Philosophy of Religion 
2. Religion and Ethics
3. Development in Christian thought

Philosophy of Religion - 2 hour written paper
In Philosophy of Religion you will look at the philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief. These include the nature of reality from Plato onwards, arguments regarding the existence or non-existence of God, the range of beliefs about life after death, the nature and influence of religious experience and the problems of evil and suffering. You will also explore philosophical language and thought, through significant concepts and works of key thinkers such as PaulTillich.

Religion and Ethics - 2 hour written paper
Religion and Ethics will consider where our sense of right and wrong comes from and what we mean by using such ethical language. You will explore key concepts and the works of influential thinkers such as St. Thomas Aquinas, Immanuel Kant and Jeremy Bentham. Ethical theorie will also be applied to important issues in society today such as business ethics, euthanasia and sexual ethics. 

Developments in Christian Thought - 2 hour written paper
Developments in Christian thought explores the beliefs, values and practices that shape religious identity. This element of the course explores how religious traditions have developed over time and responded to the challenges facing contemporary society such as gender equality, identity and discrimination. The content of this component also underpins the understanding of the Philosophy & Ethics elements. 


Philosophy and Ethics Extras

RPE will include the opportunity for students to attend external lectures designed for A-level students to extend knowledge and understanding of what is studied in college. We also have a range of contacts that we invite to talk to students, as well as utilising our links with the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge wherever possible. 

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 x 5s

4 in English and Maths

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:

6 in Religious Studies if taken at GCSE


* Please note that Level 2 vocational courses are the equivalent of 1 GCSE and only 1 will be counted towards the A-Level pathway entry requirements

Future opportunities

What can I do with Philosophy & Ethics after sixth form?

As a sound Humanities A-level course, P&E could lead on to further study in a range of subjects and be useful in a variety of careers.  Many students could follow the course with a degree in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theology, Sociology, Psychology or Law, but there is always a huge diversity here.  Students find the skills and knowledge gained from RPE useful in areas such as medicine, law, human resources, and journalism.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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