Philosophy and Ethics

Why study this subject?

This course is designed to explore the big questions! We aim to investigate our place in the universe and how best we can live our lives. This course would be ideally suited to someone who loves arguing their point and investigating the true meaning of what is right and what is wrong. If you would like to debate and discuss some juicy moral dilemmas, this could be the course for you.

What will the subject include?

Content Overview Assessment Overview

Philosophy of religion

Learners will study:

  • ancient philosophical influences
  • the nature of the soul, mind and body
  • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • the nature and impact of religious experience
  • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • ideas about the nature of God
  • issues in religious language.

Philosophy of religion

(01)

120 marks
2 hour written paper

33.3%

of total
A Level

Religion and ethics

Learners will study:

  • normative ethical theories
  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • ethical language and thought
  • debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Religion and ethics

(02)

120 marks

2 hour written paper

33.3%

of total
A Level

Developments in religious thought

Learners will study:

  • religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

in the context of one religion chosen from Christianity (03), Islam (04), Judaism (05), Buddhism (06) or Hinduism (07).

Developments in religious thought

(03–07)

120 marks
2 hour written paper

33.3%

of total A Level

Where will it lead?

This course will help you to tackle moral and ethical dilemmas in a variety of perspective. In terms of career planning Philosophy and Ethics will help you in any career that brings you into contact with people and decision making e.g. Medicine, Law, Social Work , Teaching and many others.

Subject specific requirements:

Minimum level 5/6 in English and RE full course, along with a positive work ethic and motivation.

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