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Religion is one of today’s burning questions. How can we live together? What is sacred to us? What are the benefits of a spiritual life?  What can the great world religions tell us about living?

On this course you will learn how to write persuasively in an academic context, whilst also learning about complex philosophical and ethical theories and gaining an understanding of different cultures. It is designed for students of any religious persuasion, if any.

You will cover topics such as:

  • Buddhism: ethical theory, philosophy or godless religion?
  • Can we reasonably state that God exists?
  • Do I have a right to choose to die?
  • Is the Universe just right?
  • Religion in Contemporary Society
  • Do we have a soul?

And much more…

On this course you will have the opportunity to visit Buddhist monasteries, meet religious practitioners as well as taking part in the Theology and Philosophy Society and in a London residential trip.

Students on this course often progress onto professions that involve working with people.

“Lessons are very discussion based which is nice as you can express your own thoughts and opinions as well as hearing everyone else.“

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics A Level Student

Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language or Literature.

Do I need to have a GCSE in Religious Studies to study this course? 

It is not essential but it will help if you do have one.

Do I need to be a ‘believer’?

Absolutely not, Philosophy, Religion and Ethics prides itself on its open mindedness.

How is the course assessed?

There is a two hour examination at the end of the second year in each of the topics (Philosophy of Religion, Religion & Ethics and Developments in Buddhist Thought). Each examination requires students to write three essays from a choice of four questions.