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Philosophy and Ethics

Course title:  Religious Studies A Level (Philosophy, Ethics and Christianity) Eduqas




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Blessed William Howard

Course Type:

A Level

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2 years


Course Description:

The course is aimed at students who have a commitment to the idea that religion and religious belief motivate people to make significant decisions in their lives. These decisions are not made arbitrarily but usually according to a mode of decision-making advocated by the religious community to which they belong. The student should have an interest in the analysis of these decision-making processes and be able to make a critique of them. Students, who are interested in the challenge of philosophical enquiry, will enjoy this course. Religious beliefs and practice are not beyond intellectual scrutiny and can actually develop as a result of the process.

Entry requirements: 

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form are a 9-4 in at least seven different subjects, including English and mathematics, which would usually be at grade 4 or above.

You must achieve at least a grade 5 or above in GCSE Religious Studies.


At the end of year 13, students will sit 3 exams all worth 33% of their final mark. The units are: Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics and Christianity. The course allows students to study Philosophy, Ethics and Christianity through a variety of methods, including student lead discussion and research tasks. This course is 100% examination.

Future opportunities:

This course will help prepare you for higher education or may be useful in careers related to religious, moral or ethical concepts such as a Social Worker or Counselling. A Level Religious Studies  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.

Further information: Contact Miss H Melia.