Ethics & Philosophy

The Ethics and Philosophy Department

A-Level Ethics and Philosophy

Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) is a popular course, where you get the opportunity to tackle issues of right and wrong that have been discussed by Philosophers since the Ancient Greeks; issues that come up in the news and in everyday life today.

Russell Group Universities recommend Religious Studies as a useful A Level for a whole range of degree courses. Studying involves lots of discussion, individual work and note-taking. You will learn to write excellent essays, so an ability to write well is an advantage. Success in this course depends primarily on hard work, so self-motivation is important.

The course is split into three different units; Philosophy, Ethics, Developments in Christian Thought.
Year 1

  • Ancient Greek influences
  • Soul, Mind & Body
  • Cosmological Argument
  • Teleological Argument
  • Ontological Argument
  • Problem of Evil
  • Religious Experience


  • Natural Law
  • Situation Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Business Ethics
  • Euthanasia

Developments in Christian Thought

  • Human Nature
  • Death and the Afterlife
  • Knowledge of God’s Existence
  • Jesus Christ
  • Christian Moral Principles
  • Christian Moral Action

Year 2

  • The Nature of God
  • Religious Language


  • Meta Ethics
  • Conscience
  • Sexual Ethics


  • Pluralism
  • Gender
  • Secularism
  • Liberation Theology

Assessment Method
There are three exams, each 2 hours long. In each exam, you will be expected to write 3 essays.
Future Opportunities and Careers
Religious Studies is a very highly thought of subject that fits equally well with the arts and the sciences because of its logical nature. At University, one of the most prestigious degrees is Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). Students often study go onto study Philosophy and Ethics, Philosophy & Maths, Theology or Anthropology. UCAS suggest that RS is useful for law, counselling and social services, marketing, sales and advertising, catering and hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism, retail and customer services, education and training, medicine and nursing and service sector roles.