Exam Board AQA

Why Should I Study This Course?

Do you enjoy thinking about big questions such as ‘Why are we here?’, ‘Is there a purpose to our existence’ or ‘Does God exist?’. If the answer is ‘Yes’, then this is the course for you.
In Philosophy and Ethics we develop the age old academic skill of developing our own arguments and assessing the arguments of others to critically evaluate our understanding of the philosophy and ethics associated with religion. Whether you are religious, atheist or agnostic, it doesn’t matter. Being able to argue your point is what is important here.

Within the course we think about lots of issues such as abortion, embryo research, war, arguments for and against God’s existence, the nature of human life and many other topics which means we have lots of thought provoking discussions. It’s a course which makes you question preconceptions you might have.
These skills will really help you if you choose to go to university as we develop skills in writing essays and picking apart different arguments.

We take a trip to either Rome or Krakow every year in order to extend our knowledge of religion, philosophy and ethics.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

Students who like having a headache from thinking too much about difficult questions and who don’t mind there not being a right answer to a question. Students who want to learn more about what people think and why they think it. It will also be suitable for students who want to debate their point of view in class and develop their skills in preparation for university. Students who choose this subject often go on to study Philosophy, medicine or social work at university level.

Course Breakdown

Over Year 1 and Year 2 we cover the following areas:
Section A: Philosophy of religion
• Arguments for the existence of God.
• Evil and suffering.
• Religious experience.
• Religious language.
• Miracles.
• Self and life after death.

Section B: Ethics and religion
• Ethical theories.
• Issues of human life and death.
• Issues of animal life and death.
• Introduction to meta ethics.
• Free will and moral responsibility.
• Conscience.
• Bentham and Kant.

We focus on the religion of Christianity. We understand the key ideas and practices of Christianity and critically evaluate Christian views on the above issues.

How is the Course Assessed?

This course is 100% exam.
Year 1

  • Philosophy of religion and ethics exam, 2 hours, 120 marks, 67% of AS mark
  • Study of religion exam, 1 hour, 60 marks,33% of AS mark

Year 2

  • Philosophy of religion and ethics exam, 3 hours, 100 marks, 50% of A Level
    *Study of religion and dialogues exam, 3 hours,100 marks, 50% of A Level

Philosophy and Ethics Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mrs N Parkin
Ms D Thomas