Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

A Level

A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religion will see you debate the big questions in life – you’ll experience the world from a whole new perspective! During this eye-opening course, you’ll reflect on your own beliefs about life, and explore modern and ancient issues ranging from the ethics of nuclear deterrents to Classical Greek philosophies on what makes a good life.

You’ll discuss and debate questions such as ‘are we born with a pre- destined path in life or are we in control of our own destiny?’ building key reasoning and communication skills that are respected by universities and employers alike.

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway.

For more information about the pathways, please click here.

Your learning experience

Often described as a real ‘thinking course’ This fascinating subject will see you studying stimulating topics, including:

  • Buddhist practices
  • Meditation
  • Arguments for and against God
  • The nature and problem of evil
  • Ethical thought – is there a standard of morality?

An enriching experience

Studying A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our A Level Philosophy students enjoy include:

  • A chance to bring theory to life, for example through a full day Buddhist retreat
  • Participating in inspirational and valuable guest workshops and university lectures
  • Meditation classes, to deepen your understanding and provide balance in your studies

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our subject specialists will instil in you a love of learning, and challenge you to develop the required skills you’ll need to achieve the life-changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

As you’ll explore some of life’s biggest questions, this subject will broaden your knowledge and understanding of the world. You’ll explore issues such as feminism, euthanasia and poverty, and debate these. Our passionate subject specialists will help you to explore these topics in the classroom and beyond, developing your understanding of the world and your views on these topics. leading universities.

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed by examination.

Where does it lead?

A Level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics is a course than opens doors. This is a course that allows you to reflect on life’s big questions and teaches you how to analyse and communicate ideas logically, which are skills that both employers and universities value highly. Job roles where this qualification could be useful include Teacher, Chaplain, Civil Service Officer, Policy Officer and Psychotherapist, amongst many others. Our students progress onto a varied range of degree programmes, naturally this included humanities related degrees such as Philosophy, History and Anthropology, but our students go on to study a wide variety of subjects.

A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religion students have recently progressed to study subjects such as:

  • Philosophy
  • English
  • Law
  • Religious Studies
  • Politics
  • History
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A Level Philosophy is well-respected by prestigious universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.
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