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A-Level Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics)

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course falls under the Religious Studies A Level umbrella and will introduce you to some of the classic debates in philosophy and challenge assumptions made in other subjects you study. Explore the answers to questions such as: 

How do we gain knowledge?

Where does our knowledge come from?

Can we know that there is a physical world out there’ which we experience through our senses?

Or: What do we mean when we say something is morally wrong?

How can we work out what to do in a moral dilemma?

Is there such thing as the right thing to do?

You will study:

  • Epistemology (the theory of knowledge)
  • Perception
  • The Origin and limits of Knowledge
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Ethical theories and language
  • Philosophy of Religion and the concept of God
  • The Cosmological argument
  • The Philosophy of mind and mind-body problem 


What Does The Programme Include

The course will develop your skills of analysis and evaluation. You will need to be able to express yourself well on paper and to think logically. You will learn using a range of techniques including group discussions, research, in class activities, practice exam questions, extended reading, tests, group work and independent study. We also organise subject specific conferences where possible.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirements for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level has its own additional entry requirement, please see below:

Grade 6/​B or above in English or a humanities subject.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths and English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year. During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support.

Potential Future Career

Example job roles:

  • Barrister
  • Health Service Manager
  • Journalist
  • Paralegal
  • Psychotherapist

Study further degrees in:

  • Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Religion
  • Law
  • Politics
  • History
  • Sociology
  • English


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Emily achieved A*, A, A, A* in Biology, Maths, Chemistry and her EPQ. The former Prince William School student progressed to The University of Nottingham to study Chemical Engineering.

Emily Hutchinson



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