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Philosophy of Religion A Level at PETROC

Course description

If you enjoy the thoughtful analysis of fundamental questions, this study programme will allow you to test your analytical skills to the full. Philosophy of Religion is a multi-dimensional qualification which develops your ability to think rationally about different aspects of religion.

Course content

The AS Level course introduces religious studies and includes units on the philosophy of religion, philosophy and science. In Year 2, topics include the ontological argument; the validity of religious language; the problem of evil and the mind, body and soul as well as the concepts of personal identity. Study spans the arguments around the existence of God through human experiences, and the fascinating world of science and quantum mechanics.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto a two-year A Level programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language, as well as at least 3 other GCSEs at grade C or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade B; these are detailed in this prospectus and on the Petroc website.
Continuation onto Year 2 of the A2 programme will be dependent on achieving at least a grade D at AS in the subjects being continued to A2.

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language, Maths.


The AS Level award comprises of an examination based on the two assessment units. There are four questions, of which two need to be answered, contributing to 50% of the total AS Level. 

The A2 Level advanced award comprises of two assessment units. Again, there are four questions, of which two need to be answered, contributing to 50% of the total AS Level.

Future opportunities

On completion, students have the opportunity to enrol in higher education and study religious studies and the philosophy of religion. It may also be useful for those students who want to begin a career in a caring, teaching or public service profession.

Further information

Classroom based with a range of multi-sensory activities, including PowerPoint, group work, presentations, lectures and visiting speakers. Visits may be arranged for which there is an additional cost.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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