A Level Philosophy, Theology & Ethics

Why Study?

This subject is highly regarded by employers and all universities and can be used for entry on to any course. It grows in students their higher order thinking skills, develops sophisticated communication skills and an ability to evaluate important issues that go to the heart of the questions about meaning and purpose in our lives. The course follows on well from GCSE but takes the topics to greater depth. It covers a range of philosophical topics such as does God exist and if He does why do we live in a world of evil and suffering? Ethical units look at what does it mean to live and how do we know what is right and wrong? For example is what is right and wrong today the same as in the past? There is also an in-depth study of Christianity where students learn about the religion’s impact on our history and culture.

Course Content

AS Level 

Paper 1: Philosophy and Ethics (2 hours)

Paper 2: Christianity (1 hour)


Progression Routes

Oxford University list the following jobs as among those their Religious Studies students go on to do: Law, medicine, education, health sector, industry, IT, accountancy, finance, media, leisure and recreation, management etc. Essentially a good grade in this highly regarded subject can open doors to any opportunity. For example, students applying for medicine have found that work on medical ethics prepared them well for interviews because they are able to demonstrate understanding complex issues around what it is right for a doctor to do in certain situations.

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