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Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics) A Level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

A level religious studies (Philosophy and ethics) enables students to enhance skills learnt at GCSE to address life’s key questions such as what happens when I die?;  Is there a God?; How do I decide what is right and wrong?

During the course students will develop skills of investigation, analysis, interpretation, evaluation, communication and debate.  Students do this through:


·         developing their interest in a study of religion and its relation to the wider         world

·         adopting enquiring, critical and reflective approaches to the study of religion

·         reflecting upon their own values, beliefs and influences


This course is compatible with further study in a variety of subjects including archaeology, anthropology, English, government and politics, history, law and sociology.

Course content

Philosophy includes Christian attitudes to;

God/gods/Ultimate Reality

Life after death

The challenge from science

The nature and role of religion

Sources of wisdom and authority

Evil and suffering.

Religious experience.

Religious language.


Self and life after death.

The nature and function of religion


Ethics includes Christian attitudes to;

Key moral principles.

Religious identity.

Religion and sexual identity.

Religious pluralism.

Ethical theories.

Issues of human life and death.

Issues of animal life and death.

Introduction to meta ethics.

Free will and moral responsibility.


Bentham and Kant

Entry requirements

At least a B grade in Religious Education at GCSE, but ideally an A grade.


There is no coursework in this subject.

Year 12 AS               
2 x 1hour 15 minute exams

Year 13 A level        
2 x 1 hour 30 minute exams

Future opportunities

AQA’s A level Religious Studies complements many other popular A Levels including Philosophy, Law, History, History of Art, Government and Politics, Sociology and English Literature.  It also encourages candidates to develop their critical and evaluative skills which will enable them to go on to Higher Education and study a wide range of courses including Religious Studies, Islamic Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Law, Sociology, Archaeology, Classical Civilisations, the History of Art and the Social Sciences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

Key information


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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.