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Religious Studies: Philosophy & Ethics (A level linear – No AS examinations) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

This is the most challenging and interesting subject you can study at Gumley. It will make you think and allow you to really investigate some of the biggest issues in life!

In our modern world with the threat of religious extremism it is essential to have this A-level. Philosophy, Ethics and Theology will help you learn about issues that matter for our world today. Whatever you study at University and in every job you will need to know about these issues.

This is an exciting and interesting subject which goes perfectly with every other A Level. It goes particularly well with Maths, Psychology, Science, Languages, History, English, Sociology and Psychology. Universities will be pleased to see that you have taken this A-Level because it shows both depth and breadth. It is subject most connected with philosophy.

You will learn to debate and discuss things like: why is there evil? How should we live? Do belief about the Trinity or the incarnation really matter these days? You will learn how to present your ideas and the thinking of scholar, summarising their ideas and make rational judgements

In lessons you will have great debates and be introduced to some of the greatest thinkers, including Plato and Aristotle. You will be given great teaching and plenty of support from really experienced and well qualified teachers.

You will need to consolidate your learning through private study/homework for a minimum of 5 hours each week.

You will enjoy this course if  you are open minded and able to cope with challenging ideas and arguments.



Course content

A special part of this A-level is that it will introduce to three really important subjects all once. You will begin by learning about the philosophy of religion (issues like ‘is there really a God’) and ethics (issues like why not lie and cheat) and theology (what is it that Christians are actually supposed to believe). It is like getting three for the price of one!


Entry requirements

 GCSE English and Mathematics at level 5 and three subjects at a minimum of grade C.  GCSE Religious Studies at grade B or above.   


You will have three examinations at the end of the course

Paper 1 :- Philosophy of Religion-

External written examination 33.3% of A level

Paper 2 :- Religion and Ethics

External written examination 33.3% of A level

Paper 3 :- Development in Religious Thought

External written examination 33.3% of A level


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Trips and visits in support of the curriculum.     

Future opportunities

 Students go on to study a range of subjects combined with Philosophy (Psychology, Mathematics, Business, History etc.), Theology, Law, Medicine, Social Sciences. Careers in Law, Business, Teaching, Medicine, Social Work. No door is closed. You could take this course with other advanced level courses as a general preparation for a higher education course or as a foundation for studying Theology or Religious Studies at Higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues such as a Social Worker, Priest, Counsellor or Teacher. As with the other humanities, Religious Studies is a good foundation for entering employment as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or ask your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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    • The main entrance to the School is via Gumley Gardens off  St John's Road.

      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

      There is limited parking in the school during school hours. There is metered street parking in South Street (off Twickenham Road).