Philosophy & Ethics

A Level

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About the Course

Philosophy and Theology (including Ethics) encourages learners to think rigorously about fundamental questions of truth and human understanding. It also introduces students to the academic study of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics. The course explores a range of Philosophy issues, including Mind, Body and Soul (Plato and Aristotle), The Metaphysics of Consciousness, Arguments for the Existence of God an The Problem of Evil and Suffering.  The OCR course requires the study of Ethical Theories such as Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Natural Law and Kantian Ethics, which are then applied to a variety of contemporary issues such as Euthanasia, Business Ethics and Sexual Ethics. Finally the Development in Christian Thought section explores topics such as Human Nature and the Origin of Sin, Death and the Afterlife, The Person of Jesus, Pluralism and Gender in Society.

Exam Board



Grade 6 in English Language or Literature

Course Content

The A-Level course comprises of three 2 hour exam papers covering the study of Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought. Paper 1 includes topics such as Plato and Aristotle; Mind, Body and Soul; the Problem of Evil and Arguments for the Existence of God. Paper 2 includes the study of ethical theories such as Utilitarianism; Situation Ethics; Natural Moral Lan and Kantian Ethics. These theories are applied to Euthanasia; Business Ethics and Sexual Ethics. We also explore conscience and ethical language. Paper 3 involves the study of Liberation Theology; Marxism; Secularisation; Feminism and Human Nature. Assessment is awarded as grades A* - E and the course is 100% examination.

Beyond the Classroom

Last year students visited the Houses of Parliament and visited the theatre in London to see The Book of Mormon. Students also visited the cinema in order to support the Religion and Film unit. Several visiting speakers came into school to engage in dialogue with our students and most recently students have had opportunity to attend an A-Level Philosophy conference led by Peter Vardy.

Your Future

Where will success take me? The skills that you will learn in Philosophy and Ethics will be useful to you in any number of careers; teaching, youth work, journalism, civil service or government, to name a few. If you're thinking of a career in law or medicine then this qualification is looked upon favourably for undergraduate courses too.
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