Religious Studies (Ethics) A Level

The course includes a study of various ethical theories such as Situation Ethics and Natural Law which will lead into a study of Kant, Utilitarianism and moral relativism. Is it fair to say, for example, that some things are always wrong? We then examine moral problems in the fields of medical, social and sexual ethics.

At A2, pupils will also study Perceptions of Ultimate Reality which looks at different understandings of the nature of God, Religious Experience and Religious language and the challenges that it poses. In addition, they will explore ethics and technology, Aristotle's Virtue Ethics and its modern development as well as the challenging issue of Free Will and Determinism.

The course is interesting and intellectually stimulating. Pupils are asked to consider questions that they may never have considered before and put together a focused and cogent response to a particular problem. It trains students to construct arguments of quality based on evidence and thought.


The AS course is assessed in two units taken at the end of the Lower Sixth and the A2 by two units at the end of the Upper Sixth.


The A Level is useful for those considering any degree which requires skills in developing and sustaining lines of argument. It is especially attractive to those considering Philosophy or a career in Law or Medicine. It can be combined with any other arts subject and is frequently found in a mixture of arts and sciences.


GCSE Religious Studies is helpful but by no means essential. A good grade in English or History would be a useful predictor of eventual success in RS Ethics.