Philosophy, Ethics & Religious Studies

A Level

This course will offer you an in depth study of Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies.  There will be an opportunity to develop what you have already learned about in your GSCE Religious Studies, and the opportunity to investigate new and more complex philosophical and ethical problems.

An A Level in Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies requires you to develop many important transferable skills such as essay writing and critical analysis, offering you a strong foundation with which to continue your education at university.

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Over the two years at Wyke you will study three components/units:  Philosophy, Religious Ethics and Christian Theology. Each unit will be examined at the end of your second year.

There will be an internal exam at the end of your first year which you will need to pass in order to progress to the second year. The three components are studied across both years, with the elements in your second year building on your first year.

Year One

Philosophy 1

  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Soul, Mind & Body
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Religious Experience
  • The Problem of Evil

 Ethics 1 (Ethical theory)

  • Utilitarianism
  • Situation Ethics
  • Natural Law
  • Kantian ethics

Applied ethics

  • Euthanasia
  • Business ethics
  • Sexual Ethics

Christian Theology 1


  • Beliefs about Human Nature
  • Beliefs about Death and the Afterlife


  • Knowledge of God’s existence
  • The Person of Jesus Christ


  • Christian moral principles
  • Christian moral action

Year Two

Philosophy 2

  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Religious language

 Ethics 2

  • Conscience
  • Ethical Language & Thought

Christian Theology 2


  • Religious Pluralism
  • The Challenge of Secularism

Developments in Christian thought

  • Feminist Theology
  • Liberation Theology

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