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

Exam Board Course Specification

What Our Students Say

I enjoy the freedom and independence that you get when you come to Carmel College. It is this independence that really sets Carmel apart from other colleges and allows you to flourish in your chosen subjects. Philosophy, Ethics & Religion is a subject for people who like challenging what they know and who wants to grow both intellectually and as a person. It has given me great skills in critical thinking as well as allowing me to study some of the greatest minds in human history.

Josh Hibbert

Josh Hibbert - A Level Philosophy, Ethics & Religion student