• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyOCR


This course offers an academic approach to the study of religion, ethics and philosophy. It will encourage you to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of morality within religious and secular systems of belief. 

You will learn about various religious and philosophical concepts and will have the opportunity to discuss life issues within a modern context sharing their own unique experiences and ideas.

Within philosophy there are a huge range of philosophical, religious and ethical elements explored, including the Ancient Greek philosophy of Plato and Aristotle.

Ethical issues which are relevant to contemporary life are also covered, such as euthanasia and abortion, along with differing theoretical approaches to issues such as utilitarianism, situation ethics and Kantian ethics.

The nature of God is also covered, along with religious experience and religious language.

The linear A Level consists of three exams at the end of the two years. The content covered will allow you to develop an in depth critical analysis of content, as well as wider knowledge on a huge range of issues within society which are continuously debated.

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Paper One:

  • Ancient Philosophical Influences: Plato & Aristotle
  • Soul, Mind and Body
  • Arguments Based on Observation and Reason
  • Religious Experience
  • The Problem of Evil

Paper Two:

  • Natural Law
  • Situation Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Euthanasia
  • Business Ethics
  • Conscience

Paper Three:

  • Augustine’s Teaching on Human Nature
  • Death and the Afterlife
  • Knowledge of God’s Existence
  • The Person of Jesus Christ
  • Christian Moral Principles and Moral Actions


All of the AS content covered along with the following elements:

Paper One:

  • The Nature or Attributes of God
  • Religious Language; Negative, Analogical or Symbolic
  • Twentieth Century Perspectives and Philosophical Comparisons

Paper Two:

  • Meta-Ethical Theories
  • Conscience (Aquinas & Freud)
  • Sexual Ethics

Paper Three:

  • Religious Pluralism and Theology
  • Religious Pluralism and Society
  • Gender and Society
  • Gender and Theology
  • The Challenge of Secularism
  • Liberation Theology and Marx

September - June

Entry requirements

  • 5 or more GCSEs (not equivalents) including English and maths at grade 5 or above.

The A Level consists of three exams at the end of your second year.

This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills so that you can progress onto any of our HE courses at Middlesbrough College.

Past students have progressed onto our Cert. Ed: Education and Training qualification which is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector. After completing this course students have progressed onto our BA (Hons) Education course.

Students who take this A Level often progress to a degree in subjects such as religious studies, theology, philosophy, law, sociology and social sciences.

It is also a useful subject for those considering a career in teaching or journalism.

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form to apply for A Levels, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. You only need to apply once for A Level programmes. After receiving your application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have a chance to discuss which specific A Level subjects you would like to enrol on.

If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

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Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

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