This linear A Level Philosophy, Ethics & Religion course offers students the opportunity to explore key ideas, concepts, themes and practices.

The first strand of the course involves the in-depth study of one religion (either Buddhism or Christianity).  This study covers religious figures, sacred texts, religious life, social and historical developments, and religious identity. The second strand, Philosophy of Religion, involves the study of arguments for the existence of God, challenges to religious belief, and religious experience. The third strand considers whether we really have free will, and covers theories relating to ethical decision making.

The over-arching aim of this course is to help students to become knowledgeable and reflective, critical and creative thinkers. In addition, be able to approach academic work and intellectual discourse confidently and effectively.

Comments from former students give a good idea of the appeal of Philosophy, Ethics & Religion:

“I’ve enjoyed examining the whole question of right and wrong. When people say that you shouldn’t use genetic engineering how do they know?”

“It’s a subject that teaches you to analyse and to argue. It goes brilliantly with my other subjects, Psychology, Sociology and English.”

Where does this A Level Philosophy, Ethics & Religion course lead?

The A Level qualification you will gain has a long pedigree and is a highly respected subject. A better question might be: What can’t I do with it? Employers and universities know that this subject teaches people to think clearly and to express themselves coherently. In conclusion, the skills that you will develop in analysis and argument are valuable in a range of careers. For example, former students are accountants, personnel officers, solicitors, criminal psychologists, speech therapists, nurses, teachers and too many more to mention.

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in Religious Studies (if studied) and a grade 5 in either GCSE English Language or English Literature.

Philosophy, Ethics & Religion Course Leaflet

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A Level Philosophy, Ethics & Religion Course Introduction video

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What Our Students Say

Carmel has been a great place for my development both personally and academically. I’m satisfied will all my A Level subjects, particularly the PER course. It offers a wide variety of topics that allow you to develop an insight into our diverse world. The different aspects of the course give you a wide range of skills that are transferable to all subjects. In particular, the course improves your ability to think abstractly and enables you to make rational decisions, which are important skills.

The staff are extremely supportive and make the lessons engaging. There are also many extracurricular activities offered in which to develop your skills as well as make new friendships. Overall, the course has improved my academic and sociological development immensely.

When I leave college, I wish to attend the University of St Andrews to study Philosophy and Psychology.

Greg Hunter