Philosophy & Ethics

Course Overview 

The study of Philosophy and Ethics involves thinking critically to explore big questions about life and the universe. It focuses on the decisions made by people every day, and how we approach solving dilemmas whether that be through ethical or religious ideas.

The subject covers a wide range of topics, from attempting to answer questions such as ‘Why does God allow evil and suffering to be a feature in our world?’ to a variety of ethical debates. The course introduces students to the foundations of Philosophy and Ethics, covering key areas such as the philosophical arguments surrounding the existence of God  and the study of ethical concepts and dilemmas.

Students will also focus on an in-depth study of Christianity, learning about its history, as well as key teachings and how they are applied. The course aims to engage students  thoroughly and develop an interest in the study of religion which extends beyond the classroom and can be applied to the world.

The beauty of Philosophy & Ethics is that it allows for personal reflection, discussion, and the debating of relevant ethical ideas. Lessons will allow students to deepen their thoughts, ideas, challenge traditional concepts and arguments.

This qualification is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Students will develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas.

Examination Board:


Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 in Philosophy & Ethics.
You must have the required qualifications for the Advanced Pathway.

Course Level:

A Level – Level 3

Assessment Objectives

  1. Group work
  2. Paired work
  3. E-learning including Google drive, Google Classroom, youtube, kahoot and twitter
  4. Teacher-led lessons, and grappling with academic texts.

What skills will I develop?

Constructing essays/extended essay writing
Communicating religious, ethical and philosophical concepts and applying them to every day life
Understanding different cultures and traditions
Discover and justify your own beliefs

How will I be assessed?


Component 1: Philosophy and Ethics covers topics such as philosophy of religion, the design, cosmological and  ontological arguments for the existence of God, evil and suffering, miracles, life and death, ethical theories, meta ethics, free will and moral responsibility, and Bentham and Kant.

Component 2: Christianity is concerned with sources of wisdom and authority, the afterlife, expression of religious identity, religion, gender and sexuality, religion and science, and religion and religious pluralism.

Is there anything else I should know?

There is no coursework in Philosophy & Ethics.

Philosophy & Ethics is designed to teach you to develop your analytical and evaluative ability and is therefore useful to study alongside any subject.

Progression Routes

The skills of evaluation and analysis that Philosophy & Ethics teaches is applicable to almost any walk of life.

According to AGCAS – the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service. RE/Theology graduates go into a wide range of careers. However, they and employers, feel that it

particularly prepares students for the following careers:

  • Financial Services sector Legal sector
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Consultancy Journalism
  • Media sector 
  • Education sector 
  • Publishing sector 
  • Social Care sector 
  • Voluntary sector 
  • Social & Pastoral Care 
  • Community work