Philosophy, Ethics and Religion A-Level

Why study philosophy, ethics and religion?

Not only will you develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of world religions, philosophy and ethics but you will also gain many valuable transferable skills along the way, from essay writing, developing confidence in debating, to developing the ability to appreciate other viewpoints. These skills can be incredibly helpful in a range of university degrees involving critical thinking and discussion e.g. humanities, English, psychology, PPE.

What will I be learning about?

Philosophy of Religion:

In this section, we will examine key issues relating to the existence of God. We will focus on the following:

  • The God of Classical Theism
  • The Design Argument
  • The Cosmological Argument
  • The Ontological Argument
  • The Problem of Evil and Suffering Religious Experience
  • Religious Language
  • Developments of Religious Belief


In this section, we will examine key issues relating to morality and ethics. We will focus on the following:

  • Utilitarianism
  • Deontology
  • Situation Ethics
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Natural Moral Law
  • Ethical Language
  • Applying ethical theories to real life scenarios, such as:
    • War
    • The Environment
    • Equality
    • Sexual Ethics
    • Medical Ethics


In this section, we will examine key issues relating to the beliefs of Christianity. We will focus on the following:

  • Beliefs, values and teachings
  • Sources of Wisdom and Authority Practices
  • Social and Historical Developments Religion and Society.

How will I be assessed?

You will be doing the Edexcel specification. There will be three, two-hour exams at the end of year 13.

Where will this lead?

Philosophy, Ethics and Religion is highly respected by universities and employers because of the critical thinking and analytical skills used. University admissions tutors and employers will be positive about seeing it as a subject on your applications.

Students of Philosophy and Ethics choose many different career paths, including Journalism, Law, Politics, Public Policy, Civil Service, Teaching, Finance and Business and Marketing. ‘The great virtue of Philosophy is that it teaches not what to think, but how to think’ & ‘Philosophy is the ultimate transferable work skill’ (The Times)

What are the entry requirements?

Eight grade 9-4 at GCSE level including a minimum grade 5 in English.