In A Level Religion, Philosophy and Ethics you will explore life’s ‘big questions’. Philosophers and theologians throughout history have asked questions which still challenge minds today. In this subject you will critically study the nature of reality and explore ethical dilemmas.
In the religious strand of the course you will study Christian theology. You will take an academic approach to studying the origins of the Christian tradition and the development of Christian belief. You will study how contemporary Christianity has engaged with modern society, including its responses to feminism, pluralism and secularism.
In Philosophy you will study metaphysical questions, such as: Is there a God? Can we trust our senses? Is there an ultimate reality? What is the nature of evil?
In ethics you will study ethical theories and inquire into the nature of human morality. Is there such thing as an objective source of morality? Are we free to make moral decisions? Does the end always justify the means? Are any actions always wrong?
We generally ask for a GCSE point score of 5 or above to study a two-year A Level programme.
This will ideally include a 5 or above in English and Maths.
Your average GCSE score will include the Grades for all your GCSE subjects, added together, then divided by the number of subjects you’ve taken.
Please note: If you have a GCSE point score between 4 and 5 you can access certain A Level subjects.
Specific entry requirements
GCSE Grade 5 or above in either English Language or a Humanities subject (e.g. History, Geography, Sociology).
Students studying this subject at A Level often go on to study history, theology, philosophy and other related humanities subjects in Higher Education.
Students may go on to careers in teaching, journalism, medicine, ministry, social work and politics and many more.
Famous students of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics include Martin Luther King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ricky Gervais, David Cameron and Ed Miliband.