A Level Philosophy and Ethics gives students the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of world religions, and explore philosophy of religion, and religion and ethics.
Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 or above in both English Language and Mathematics and Grade 5 (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications. Religious Studies GCSE at Grade 5 or above is also required. Other related GCSE/Level 2 subjects may be considered. Guidance on acceptable related subjects can be provided by the Sixth Form Leadership Team.
On This Course You Will Study
This course gives the opportunity to study fascinating and intriguing subject areas related to Philosophy and Ethics. Philosophy covers the Ancient Greek influences of Plato and Aristotle. Arguments for and against the existence of God are investigated. This leads on to the nature of religious experience and the problem of evil. Beliefs about the soul and the possibility of life after death are explored.In Ethics, normative ethical theories are analysed and applied to contemporary issues. Students will also study Developments in Religious Thought; beliefs, values, politics and practices related to Christianity.
In their second year, students will undertake further study as follows: ideas about the nature of God, issues in religious language, the conscience and free will and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion. Students will also explore significant social, historical and political developments in religious thought and analyse some key theories related to the links between religion and society.
Lessons are in a tutorial style with much discussion, student-led learning and reflection on research. Lively debate is expected.
The course is 100% examination assessed.
What careers would this be suitable for?
This course provides an excellent foundation for the further study of Philosophy and Ethics, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics and English, to name but a few. Students acquire a great range of skills such as analysis and interpretation, and the ability to produce extended evaluative pieces of investigation. Student presentations are a regular feature of lessons. The course is particularly useful for employment in related areas such as Medicine, Social Work/Public Services, Teaching, Journalism, Politics and Law. Students have gone on to study a wide range of courses at university.