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Students studying A Level Philosophy, Theology and Ethics have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of world religions. In addition, they will have the chance to explore the philosophy of religion and consider the ethical decisions which people make in their everyday lives. The course looks at relevant topical issues and enables students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the major issues that are relevant to learners in the 21st century.

Philosophy, Theology and Ethics A Level is split in to three distinct areas; Philosophy of religion, Religion and Ethics and Developments in religious thought. Topics covered include:

  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence or nonexistence of God
  • The possibility of life after death
  • Conscience and free will
  • Ethical theories Students will also study the history, identity, beliefs and values of one religion in detail.


The A Level Philosophy, Theology and Ethics course will be assessed through three terminal exams (at the end of Year 13).  Each paper consists of three essays:

  • Philosophy of Religion - 2 hour written exam
  • Religion and Ethics - 2 hour written exam
  • Developments in Christian theology - 2 hour written exam


Philosophy is highly regarded by universities and is accepted for entry onto degree courses in Philosophy and many other subjects. Universities and employers alike value the analytical skills developed through studying this discipline.

Careers it might lead to include:  Public Sector, Health and Social Care, Teaching and Education, Retail, Public Relations, Law, Marketing and Journalism.