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A-Level Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics)

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

You will be introduced to some of the classic debates in philosophy and challenge assumptions made in other subjects you study. You will investigate the beliefs of different philosophical thinkers and explore one religion in detail. 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?


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.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieveing well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

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

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • 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
  • The Study of a Chosen Religion


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Learners benefit from a range of additional activities that broadens their experience and prepares them well for life after College.




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