Philosophy & Ethics

The A-level in Philosophy and Ethics will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in GCSE Religious Studies. Learners will be introduced to a more advanced approach to religious studies, and will develop a deeper understanding of the beliefs, teachings and philosophy they study.

What will you be learning?

This is a course for those who want to study the really BIG questions about life – and death –
that human beings have always asked. It doesn’t have the answers, but it gives students the chance to consider and wrestle with life’s ultimate questions.

In philosophy of religion learners will study philosophical issues and questions raised by religion and belief. These include arguments regarding the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and influence of religious experience and the problems of evil and suffering. They will also explore philosophical language and thought, through significant concepts and the works of key thinkers, illustrated in issues or debates in the philosophy of religion.

Religion and ethics is characterised by the study of ethical language and thought, with exploration of key concepts and the works of influential thinkers. Ethical theory will also be applied to issues of importance; namely euthanasia, business ethics, and sexual ethics.

Developments in religious thought provides an opportunity for the systematic study of one religious tradition. This will include the exploration of religious beliefs, values, teachings and practices that shape religious identity, as well as sources of wisdom and authority. Also central are the ways in which religious traditions have developed over time, and religious responses to challenges and significant contemporary social issues.

What other learning could you do:

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses, which could lead you onto higher education to study Philosophy, Theology or Religious Studies. The course, with its emphasis on medicine and morals may be of interest to those considering a career in medicine. With further training, you could go into a job related to people and dilemmas that they might face such as a Social Worker or Counsellor.

You could also go straight into a job as the A-level is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus.

Please ask for our leaflet ‘Careers in Religious Studies’. You’ll see that all universities and colleges recognise religious studies as an entrance qualification, as do a whole variety of employers – for example, Marks & Spencer, Boots, the NHS, and the police force.

What career options do you have?

The course, with its emphasis on ethics, may be of particular interest to people hoping to enter a ‘caring’ profession – medicine, teaching, social work.

Where Can I Find More Information:

You can contact the College, talk to your Personal Careers Advisor or College careers staff.

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama