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Level 3

AQA L3 A Level in Religious Studies, Ethics and Philosophy


In this course, you will study the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and Religion and Dialogues.

Philosophy of Religion

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the influence of different beliefs and teachings on individuals, communities and societies whilst exploring the cause and significance of similarities and differences in beliefs and teachings.

You will explore the approach of philosophy to the study of religion and belief and will analyse and evaluate issues arising from the topics studied. In addition, you will examine the views and arguments of a range of scholars.

Topic areas of study:

  • Arguments for the existence of God;
  • Evil and suffering;
  • Religious experience;
  • Verifying religious experiences;
  • Religious language;
  • Miracles;
  • Self, death and the afterlife.

Ethics and Religion

Topic areas of study:

  • Ethical theories;
  • The application of natural moral law, situation ethics and virtue ethics related to:
  • Issues of human life and death;
  • Issues of non-human life and death;
  • Introduction to meta-ethics, the meaning of right and wrong;
  • Free will and moral responsibility;
  • Conscience;
  • Key ethical theories.

Key questions you are likely to explore:

  • Is it possible to prove the existence of God?
  • If God exists, why is there evil and suffering in the world?
  • Can we get our morality from God?
  • Do miracles prove the existence of God?
  • Is the universe itself proof of God’s existence?
  • Do we have free will?
  • Can we trust our conscience in moral decision making?
  • Is the Church inherently patriarchal?
  • Can you be a feminist Christian?
  • How to religious believers express their identity?

This course will help you develop arguing and debating skills as well as developing your openness to new ways of thinking.

You will learn to engage with complex concepts, profound debates and read philosophical texts. This course requires and enables students to develop astute critical thinking skills as well as confident extended writing.


You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs grades 9-4 including a 5 in English and a 4 in maths.

To enjoy an A level in Religious Studies, you must have an enquiring mind and an interest in Philosophy and Ethics and a desire to examine some of the most compelling questions which face humankind. You do not need to have a personal religious belief, although it’s fine if you do have one.

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How to apply

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Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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