Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) A Level
Head of Department: Ms Tracey Walker
“How should one live?” Socrates. In PRE we reflect on the answers
given by great philosophers to Socrates’ question. For many
people in the world religion plays a key part in their thinking
and everyday lives. Studying various philosophies and religious
teachings gives students a broader outlook, improves their
abstract thinking and helps them to understand the motivations
and personal perspectives of believers.
You will examine a variety of philosophical perspectives that give
meaning to existence, and attempt to answer ultimate questions.
You will embark on a challenging, stimulating and sometimes
emotive journey, for which the department provides the key skills
and resilience required.
What do you do in PRE?
At A Level the department offers a variety of ways to support
students alongside teaching. There are opportunities for you to attend
conferences, independent learning and peer teaching sessions, and
revision days where department members share their experience of
external examination marking.
Together with excellent teaching this guarantees an A Level course that
is fascinating for students interested in philosophical and theological
questions of meaning, purpose and truth. Universities have a high regard
for the PRE A Level due to its challenging academic content and the
implied ability to reason, debate, justify, empathise, enquire, research and
write that is nurtured in all our students.
You will develop a range of skills in the course including: debating,
analysing and evaluating arguments and points of view, structuring
compelling essays, selecting and deploying a range of resources,
independent research and critical thinking. The course studied is OCR
H573 - Philosophy of Religion; Religion and Ethics; Developments in
Average of the A Level results in PRE achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)
PRE - % A*- B = 92%