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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion (RS)


Philosophy, Ethics and Religion has a multidisciplinary nature, involving textual study, philosophical thinking, ethics, social understanding and the skills of analysis and reasoning. It provides an excellent opportunity for you to engage with contemporary contentious issues, developing social, cultural, political, philosophical and historical awareness. You will learn to understand your own identity and to understand human rights and responsibilities.

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have achieved at least a 5 in Religious Studies, if taken, or a similar essay-based subject at GCSE.


Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Philosophy: Arguments for the existence of God, Problem of Evil, Religious Experiences, Miracles, Life after death, Religious Language.


Ethics: Meta Ethics, Free will and Moral Responsibility, Conscience, Natural Moral Law, Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Virtue Ethics, Applied ethics to human and animal life and death.


Buddhism: The Life of the Buddha, his enlightenment, teachings and death. The use of the Pali Canon. The Religious Community, Buddhism and Gender, Science, Secularism and Migration.

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

Visits from speakers such as a practising Buddhist.


Paper 1: Philosophy and Ethics: 3 hrs

Paper 2: Buddhism and Dialogues: 3 hrs

Philosophy of Religion by P Cole

Ethical Studies by R Bowie

Philosophy, Ethics and Religion is widely taught at many universities, sometimes as its own subject, or combined with Theology.


A Religious Studies, Philosophy or Theology degree is well respected by employers and graduates enter a very wide range of career areas as it teaches transferrable skills.

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