Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies

A-Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies

Did You Know?

“Philosophy changes lives. I’ve seen it change what people eat, what they do with their money, what careers they choose. What other subjects can do that?” Prof Peter Singer’s message to ND students.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board


"PERS is the most interesting subject. It's intriguing to debate with people from different backgrounds and learn about all their different opinions and beliefs. It gives you an incredible understanding of why the world is as it is". - Hana Sharif, lower sixth student



What do I need to study this course?

Students must enjoy reading, writing and discussing about how we know, what is moral, and what Christian's believe. This course is suitable for students with an open and enquiring mind who have excellent skills in written English – you need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language along with another subject that requires extended writing.

What will I study?

The course consists of three specific strands: philosophy of religion, ethics, and the development of Christian thought, all examined at the end of two years. A range of topics are covered including euthanasia, business ethics, the problem of evil, arguments for God’s existence, liberation theology and many more.

What next?

Past students consistently tell us how valuable A level Philosophy, Ethics & Religious Studies has been for them; the acquisition of flexible and adaptable transferable skills, to think widely and deeply about topics that are relevant to modern society, to evaluate, analyse and debate. By so doing they find themselves attractive to universities and employers who increasingly value these skills.

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