Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2021
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Philosophy, Ethics and Religion (PEaR) explores philosophy of religion, religion and ethics and the religion of Buddhism. It takes students on a journey through the big spiritual, ethical, and philosophical questions that humans have asked since the dawn of time.

What will I learn?

Philosophy of religion will cover Christian scholarly views on the existence of God, religious experience and the language used by theologians. Religion and ethics will explore key topical debates in our society such as euthanasia and business ethics. Discussions will focus on whether morally good actions involve following societal rules or considering consequences.

The course will study the impact of religion on the world with particular focus on major world religions such as Buddhism. Lessons will look at Religions in the East and West and the impact that religion has on popular culture. A large topic will be the way that religion is portrayed in western media and debates will surround the positive and negative connotations of this.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.

Progression and Careers

Former students have gone on to some of the UK’s top universities, including Nottingham University, the University of Leeds and the University of South Wales to study a wide range of subjects such as English Literature, Sociology, Law, Philosophy, Anthropology and Politics, to name a few. Students have gone on to careers in teaching, social work, politics, journalism and research.

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