Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Philosophy, Ethics, Beliefs and Values

Philosophy, Ethics, Beliefs and Values

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AQA A-level Philosophy, Ethics, Beliefs and Values

Develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and the philosophy of religion.

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Is this course right for me?

This course will enable you to develop an appreciation of religious thought that contributes to individuals, communities, and societies. This will all help develop your interest in a rigorous study of philosophy alongside the beliefs and values of today and relate it to the wider world as well as developing your knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Religious Studies grade B and English Language/Literature/First Language Welsh grade B
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

The qualification includes a wide range of topics for consideration including:

  • Philosophy – taking a look at arguments such as the existence of God, existence of evil and suffering, language and the questions it raises such as what is meant by good and bad, the meaningfulness of language within religion, and symbolism.
  • Ethics – building up knowledge of differing types of ethics such as Utilitarianism, Situations ethics, Natural moral law, Divine command theory and then being able to implement these into situations such as polyamorous relationships, homosexuality, nuclear weapons as deterrents, and capital punishment.
  • Buddhism – an in depth and broad study of one of the six major world religions; establishing the key concepts of the religion, development within Britain, approaches towards feminism, science, mindfulness, socially engaged Buddhists and many other topics too.

Throughout this course you will be required to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach and develop your own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of your studies.

Learners also complete the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Further education teacher, Higher education lecturer, Secondary school teacher, Barrister, Chaplain, Civil Service Fast Streamer, Health service manager, Local government officer, Marketing executive, Newspaper journalist, Paralegal, Policy officer, Psychotherapist, Recruitment consultant, Solicitor, Stockbroker.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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