What is this course about?

PER will provide you with the exciting opportunity to engage with the big questions of life and morality. You will engage in lively debate, acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of major issues that are relevant in the twenty-first century. Be prepared to have your assumptions, worldview and opinions challenged.

What you will study?

Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion Students study philosophical language and thought, and issues and questions raised by belief.

Unit 2: Religion & Ethics Students explore key concepts and the works of influential thinkers, ethical theories and their application.

Unit 3: Developments in Religious Thought – Christianity They explore religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world

What do I need to study A Level Theology (Philosophy and Ethics)?

As Theology (Philosophy and Ethics) involves essay writing it is recommended that you have a Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language in order for you to cope with the language demands of the subject. Assessment of this course is based on your ability to write coherently and with clarity.
You will need to be able to write applying and demonstrating good use of spelling and grammar under timed conditions.

Subject entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 or above in Religious Education.
GCSE grade 5 or above in English
Other qualifications will be considered.

What will it prepare you for?

  • The Russell Group of top universities has made it clear that this A level provides ‘suitable preparation for University generally’.
  • RS Philosophy and Ethics is highly regarded by universities and employers as it proves that you are able to think, discuss and evaluate. It is an excellent preparation for any humanities degree.

Future Prospects: Religious Studies compliments other humanities, art and science based topics and can lead to a wide range of careers such as law, journalism, archaeology, management, politics, the Civil service or social work, teaching, medicine and many more.

How you will be assessed

All components are assessed by a written examination.

  • 3 x 2 hour examinations.