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Religion (Buddhism), Philosophy and Ethics

A level

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics explores major, fundamental questions concerning concepts and teachings such as the following: life and death, meaning and
purpose, arguments for and against the existence of God, and practical ethics. You will investigate religious and philosophical texts, teachings, and figures, exploring ideas and theories from a great variety of viewpoints.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

There are three strands to this A level.

  1. Buddhism: the study of religious beliefs and practices; you will examine Buddhist teachings and beliefs; different schools of Buddhism such as Theravada, Mahayana, Zen and Triratna; Buddhist values and ethics; and Buddhist practices such as meditation.
  2. Philosophy of religion; you will consider arguments for the existence of God; the problems of evil and suffering; the nature and influence of religious experience; philosophical analysis of religious language; beliefs about life after death; and debates between religion and science.
  3. Ethics; You will study ethical theories, ethical language, and applied ethics—immigration, sexual ethics, environmental ethics, capital punishment, animal rights and medical ethics.


  • 100% exam

Special Features

There may be opportunities to visit a Buddhist monastery and other Buddhist centres and meet people who will discuss their experience and perspective. There will also be opportunities to attend academic conferences on ethics and on the philosophy of religion.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Religious Education if taken.
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