Exam Board: AQA    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics, Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Grade 5 in GCSE English Literature.

Reasons to study Philosophy and Ethics A Level


Studying Philosophy and Ethics offers an interesting and intellectually challenging A Level. Within lessons you will consider questions and issues that will concern you throughout your adult life. Questions like does our life have purpose, and how should we live? You will explore and challenge your assumptions about what and who we are, how we think, and the nature of the world around us. You will unpick threads that make up the world as we know it.

The skills developed are widely transferable for the 21st century including discussion and debate, building logical arguments, and exploration of abstract ideas. Further skills include critical analysis of thoughts and ideas, communication using reasoned arguments substantiated by evidence. Philosophy and Ethics often compliments subjects such as history, politics, geography, economics, psychology, maths and the sciences.
If you have always thought Philosophy and Ethics may be for you, take the jump, you’ll love it!

Course Outline – Year 12


Philosophy of Religion: Ancient philosophical influences; soul, mind and body; the nature of religious experience; existence of God and the Problem of evil.

Ethics: normative ethical theories including natural law, Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism and Kantian Ethics. Applied Ethics including Euthanasia and Business Ethics

Developments in Christian Thought: Augustine’s teaching on human nature; death and the afterlife; knowledge and revelation of God; the nature of Jesus Christ; Christian moral principles; Christian moral actions.

Course Outline – Year 13


Philosophy of Religion: The nature of God; religious language and twentieth century perspectives and philosophical comparisons

Ethics: Meta-ethics; conscience; sexual ethics

Developments in Christian Thought: Liberation Theology and Marx, the challenges of secularism; responses to Secularism; Pluralism in theology; Pluralism in society; gender in society and gender in Theology.

Assessment Outline


Paper 1 Philosophy of Religion:
Written exam (2 hours) where you will be expected to write 3 evaluative essays out of a choice of 4 questions on the topics studied in the philosophy of religion strand. Each question is worth 40 marks and combined are worth 33.3% of the A Level.

Paper 2 Religion and Ethics:
Written exam (2 hours) where you will be expected to write 3 evaluative essays out of a choice of 4 questions on the topics studied in the religion and ethics strand.
Each question is worth 40 marks and combined are worth 33.3% of the A Level.

Paper 3 Development of Christian Thought:
Written exam (2 hours) where you will be expected to write 3 evaluative essays out of a choice of 4 questions on the topics studied in the development of Christian thought strand. Each question is worth 40 marks and combined are worth 33.3% of the A Level.

Progression Routes and Career Paths


  • Philosopher
  • Lecturer in Philosophy
  • Ethics Officer
  • Researcher
  • Policy Analyst
  • Author
  • Journalist
  • Consultant
  • Think Tank Analyst
  • Campaign Strategist
  • Human Rights Advocate
  • Mediator
  • Religious Leader
  • Theologian

The Romero’s Philosophy Department


A committed team of expert teachers who share their love of their subject with passion and who have incredible relationships with students.

Opportunities for enrichment including lectures & Webinars on key ethical/philosophical themes, Philosophy & Ethics Student Conferences, University Essay Competitions, the chance to read original philosophical texts, visits to sites of philosophical importance, organising and running ethical and philosophical opportunities (including debates and visiting experts) within the sixth-form.

All of the A Level delivery team have had extensive experience teaching A Level Philosophy and Ethics.

Further Information


For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Philosophy and Ethics course please contact:

Mr J Watts – Subject Leader for Religious Education [email protected]