Religion, Ethics & Philosophy A Level

Course Description

Do you want to study an A Level that will stretch your mind, introduce you to great thinkers and give you a qualification respected throughout higher education? Do you enjoy debating big issues such as whether God exists and what the best way to make decisions is? Religion, Ethics & Philosophy does all of this and more. It is a fantastic A level that teaches students to think from differing points of view and to construct lucid and logical arguments. It will give you a fresh perspective on the world and what it means to be human.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

You will be required to study six units, three in the first year and three in the second. These units will each be assessed by examination; there is no coursework requirement. Modules include:

Ethics: This unit includes the study of ethical theories such as Utilitarianism and Situation ethics and their attitude towards the nature and value of human life. You will be required to apply the theories to moral issues such as euthanasia and sexuality.

Philosophy: You will study the various arguments for the existence of God and the issues surrounding the problem of evil and human suffering. In addition to this you will explore religious experiences and the ancient Greek ideas on religion.

Christianity: You will study the key concepts within the development of Christian thought such as the person of Jesus. You will explore religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections, how they have developed historically and how they are presently.


This course is assessed by three examinations. Each paper contains four questions, of which, students choose three. Each of the modules mentioned above, under features of the course, will be examined.

Enrichment and Work Experience

Many students take part in charity work and volunteer at hospices and community centres. The ability to write well is expected at A level and students often involve themselves in the literacy activities within The Sixth Form. There is also an opportunity to complete a one week work placement in the summer term.

Additional Information

Students must follow the news as we will use current issues to bring our studies to life. Issues such as poverty, feminism, abortion, euthanasia are used within lessons and it is expected that students will be able to bring current issues and debates surrounding these areas into their essays. There is an important focus on literacy. Students will be encouraged to read widely around the course and to develop the skills of academic writing. Arguing to a conclusion is a requirement and will be taught alongside the course specification.

Links with other subjects:
REP combines extremely well with most other arts/social science and humanities subjects including: English, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Law, Economics, Geography, Sociology, Politics and Business.

Future Career Opportunities

Studying REP is likely to broaden your compassion and interpersonal understanding, meaning you may be well suited to jobs working with people or communities. Jobs include: research, social services, nursing, teaching, law, journalism, publishing, civil service, marketing, advertising and PR.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

To give your university applications to prestigious universities the competitive edge they need. To develop the thinking skills required for the 21st Century. The REP department is committed to facilitate your learning in an enthusiastic and supportive manner. We offer additional support and enrichment programmes as well as having many excellent e-learning resources to aid your progression through the subject content.