Philosophy, Ethics and Religion - A Level - 2 years


  • Course: Philosophy, Ethics and Religion - A Level - 2 years
  • Qualification Type: GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
  • Qualification Level: Level 3
  • Course type: Full Time
  • Duration: 52 Weeks
  • Entry Requirements:

    5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 (A*-C) including English + Maths

  • Available Dates: 07/09/2022 to 30/06/2024
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There are three sections to this course and across them, you will study key thinkers and perspectives from he past 2,500 years.


1    Philosophy

Where does knowledge come from?  What are we able to know for certain?  Why are we here?  Why is there Evil in the world?  What is the purpose of life?  Does Science explain everything or nothing?  Is a belief in life after death rational?

2    Ethics

How do we know what is right and wrong@  Is there universal truth that applies to us all?  How should we treat the environment and others in it?  Can war ever be justified?  Should medical issues such as abortion and euthanasia be legal?

3    Religion

How does religion help humans with their moral codes of conduct?  What can we learn from religious history?  How does religion fit into the 21st Century?  Are different religions still relevant today?  Why are religions similar and different at the same time?


A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.

Philosophy, Ethics and Religion - A Level - 2 years
How will it be delivered?

One examination paper for each section of the course.

What can I do next?

Whether you want to be a doctor, pharmacist, police officer, teacher, social worker, journalist, film maker, lawyer or work in business, you will engage with lots of different types of people requiring empathy, respect and tolerance.  Studying philosophy, ethics and religion is really attractive to employers and universities because you have learned how to think in a different way that helps you better understand people and communities.  The course develops analytic interpretation and argument skills:  having a contextual understanding of alternative world perspectives provides a solid grounding when it comes to interpreting wider academic theory and concepts.  Universities offering science, medicine, humanities, English, law, media or business will therefore welcome the fact you have studied issues of what it means to be alive.

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