A Level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Course Code: Q100093

Key Information

  • Course type

    A Levels

  • Campus:

    Sixth Form Campus

  • Start Date:

    09 Sept 2024

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Attendance:


  • Fees:


A Level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

An A Level in Philosopy, Religion & Ethics will enable you to explore and debate many of the controversial, but important issues facing society today, to an in-depth level. The course is perfect for anyone with an interest in the topics covered below.

Units include:

Philosophy of religion:

  • arguments for and against the existence of God
  • the problem of evil
  • self, death and afterlife.


  • what is meant by ‘right’ and ‘wrong’?
  • free will and moral responsibility
  • human and animal ethics.

An in-depth study into a major world religion: Buddhism

You will have the opportunity to go on local and international trips, including visits to places of worship, university lectures, museums and art exhibitions. There is usually an annual Humanities department residential trip. Previous destinations have included Iceland, Rome and Venice, Berlin, Munich and Krakow.

You will be discussing ideas and different viewpoints every lesson, so you will learn how to argue and debate effectively. You will develop academic writing skills, critical evaluation and the ability to reach credible conclusions. You will also develop a deeper understanding of contemporary political debate on many issues and will be able to engage in academic discussions on current ethical questions, gaining a much clearer understanding of multicultural Britain and issues of equality, diversity, representation and integration.


Did you know?

This course can be combined with additional A Levels or a Sixth Form vocational course.

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

You will have a 9.55am start, one lesson in the morning, one in the afternoon and a guaranteed 4pm finish. You will also have at least one morning and one afternoon per week free for private study.

You will be assessed by two three hour written examinations at the end of your second year.

School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies. If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived: Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support. You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course). * If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement. It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

You can progress to higher education and explore extensive career opportunities in the police, social work, teaching, politics and law. This is a very well-regarded academic qualification demonstrating a range of transferable skills.

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