Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

A Level

Exam Board: OCR

2 years


Course Content:

Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • The soul, mind and body
  • Arguments about the existence of God
  • Evil


  • Normative Ethical theories
  • Applied ethics

Developments in Religious Thought

  • Buddhist beliefs, practices and values.
  • Social and Political developments
  • Buddhist Philosophy and Ethics.


100% exams.

3 exam papers; Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Religious thought.

Studying at Alton College:

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at Alton College is an exciting programme of study. Lessons are varied and are designed to introduce students to new and alternative ways of thinking about learning. 

There are a number of trips throughout the year including Philosophy taster days at the University of Oxford and University of Southampton. Students can participate in the Philosophy Society and Debating; there are also opportunities to participate in essay competitions.  

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. 

A grade 5 in GCSE English is recommended. 

Course costs:

Purchase of textbooks: c. £50 over two years

Optional trips from £10 each

Philosophy, Religion and Ethics works well with:


What our students say

"Philosophy is a very interesting and intriguing subject. After each lesson you are left pondering/questioning more things about yourself and the world. Other than trying to get your head round some of the complex arguments, I can't think of any reason why you wouldn't enjoy this subject."

Rhi Gunner, previously at Heath End School

"Studying Philosophy leaves you questioning more aspects of our lives that would otherwise be overlooked."

Tom Wignall, previously at The Petersfield School