RE Philosophy and Ethics


Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardAQA 

Additional Entry RequirementsGCSE Grade 6 in RE or a similar subject 

Why study Philosophy and Ethics? 

Those who follow an A level course in Philosophy & Ethics work in industry, government, and education. They become lawyers, doctors, administrators, teachers, diplomats, journalists, consultants, stockbrokers, bankers, and managers. They are accepted and respected in all professional schools, especially law and medicine, and welcomed into management training programs. 

Additionally, anyone who is reading for any other humanities based A Level subjects and wishes to improve their skills of analysis and evaluation might find this course particularly useful. 

Course Content 

Knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Theories of Ethics and their application to modern issues 
  • Arguments for and against the existence of God; especially in light of modern science. 
  • Evaluation of whether the belief in God conflicts with the existence of evil and suffering in the world. 
  • Reflections on the beliefs and practises of Christianity.  
  • Evaluation of miracles and ‘experiences’ of God and the afterlife.  

Students will develop the following skills 

  • Identify, investigate and analyse questions and arguments 
  • Use appropriate language and terminology in context 
  • Interpret and evaluate concepts, issues, ideas, the relevance of arguments, and the views of scholars 
  • Communicate using reasoned arguments substantiated by evidence 
  • Make connections between Philosophy & Ethics and the lives of individuals 


Assessment is undertaken by 2 exams, each of 3 hours, at the end of Year 13. 

Careers in Philosophy and Ethics 

Teaching and lecturing, Law, Government and Politics, Medical School, Media, Business and Enterprise, Journalism.