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A Level

The course contains the follow units:

Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient philosophical influences – Plato + Aristotle
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • The nature and impact of religious experience
  • The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language.


  • Normative ethical theories – Utilitarianism/ Natural Law/ Kantian Ethics/ Situation Ethics
  • The application of ethical theories – Business Ethics/ Euthanasia/ Sexual Ethics
  • Ethical language and thought
  • The conscience

Developments in religious thought

  • Augustine and human nature
  • Death and the afterlife
  • Jesus – teacher, liberator, Son of God
  • Moral principles and actions
  • Religious pluralism and theology
  • Gender theology
  • Challenge of secularism
  • Liberation Theology

Throughout your studies you will:

  • Investigate and evaluate the ideas of history’s greatest philosophers!
  • Consider ethical problems facing individuals and the world at large.
  • Develop your own thoughts on the big questions in life.
  • Understand and assess the views of theists, atheists and agnostics.
  • Develop a wide range of intellectual and academic skills to support with higher education or future career ambitions.


100% Examination – Consisting of three two-hour papers.

Where Next

  • Higher education – courses in Philosophy, Theology or other related academic subjects.
  • Many students move on to careers in journalism, law, media, education, politics, government, publishing and social work.
  • Analytical and critical assessment skills you develop can benefit a wide range of careers.

More Information 

For more information about this course please see the specification below or contact the Sixth Form team.