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Philosophy and Ethics

Sixth Form Subjects
Doing A Level Philosophy and Ethics at Newton Abbot College has opened my eyes to the questions of the universe, its creation and the reason that humans are here. I have loved it so much that is now my chosen degree at university. The teaching I have received from my teachers has been second to none and has helped me achieve above my target grades. 
Bryony Follette, Year 13

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.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.

Subject Specific Requirements

No specific requirements.

What will I do?

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 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 and historical 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.

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 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 Social Work/Public Services, Teaching, Journalism and Law. Students have gone on to study a wide range of courses at university.

Where can I find out more?

Last updated on November 07, 2018