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Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust


Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at A-Level (Level 3) - students study the two year ‘Religious Studies course’ through OCR.

This course will provide students with an opportunity to ask and consider all of the 'big questions' that people often wonder about. The course has three key elements:

  • Philosophy – students consider big questions like 'Is there a God?' and study ancient philosophical thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle
  • Ethics – students question what is right and wrong from both a religious and secular perspective. This also includes the study of modern contemporary issues such as Sexual Ethics.
  • Buddhism – students will have the exciting opportunity to explore Eastern Philosophy and the origins of Buddhism in depth

Entry Requirements - Standard College entry requirements apply.  You do not have to have studied the full course GCSE to take this subject.

Where does this lead?

All major universities (including Russell Group) offer both Philosophy and Theology/Religious Studies as full degrees. Philosophy and Theology are two of the oldest, most respected subjects you can study. In recent years, we have had students go off to study PPE at Oxford and in London, with other students studying Philosophy at Birmingham, Exeter, Cardiff and Liverpool.

Many current writers, teachers, lawyers, politicians studied Philosophy until at least degree level. For example:

  • Ricky Gervais (Philosophy)
  • David Cameron (Philosophy, Politics, Economics)
  • Bill Clinton (Philosophy, Politics, Economics)
  • Miles Jupp (Divinity)