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Ethics, Philosophy and Religion A-Level

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What is A-Level Ethics, Philosophy and Religion?

Discussions of religion, religious beliefs and the relevance of a belief in God are constantly in the media. This Ethics, Philosophy and Religion A-Level (EPR) course will give you the opportunity to engage with, and respond to, some of the most important questions facing society today. By the end of your Ethics, Philosophy and Religion A-Level, you will be able to explain, interpret and compare religious beliefs and apply them to a range of philosophical and ethical issues.

EPR Reading List >


  • The Meaning of ‘Good’ and the Extent of Human Freedom
  • Ways of Making Moral Decisions
  • Human and Animal Ethical Issues
  • Does Everyone Have a Conscience?

Philosophy of Religion:

  • Arguments For and Against the Existence of God
  • The Possibility of Religious Experiences and Miracles
  • The Possibility of Life after Death and the Existence of the Soul
  • Is it Meaningful to Talk about God?


  • Contrasting Beliefs and Practices, including Ideas about God and the Afterlife
  • The Purpose of Life, Good Conduct and Morality relating to War and Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Debates Surrounding Gender and Sexuality in Christianity
  • Challenges to Christianity in the Modern World, including Science and Secularisation

What Next?

As well as progressing to degrees in Ethics, Religious Studies and Theology, past students have also studied subjects including History, Philosophy, Sociology, Law, English, Politics and Mathematics. As the need to understand religion becomes ever more important, combined degrees linking Religious Studies with other subjects, are also increasingly popular. Our students have gone on to lead successful careers in teaching, welfare services, law, politics, the civil service, management and accountancy.

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Entry Requirements for Religion A-Level

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in English Language or English Literature.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and Btecs) Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Psychology, Sociology, History, English, Modern Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Law, Business Studies, Economics and Politics.

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