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Philosophy & Ethics at The New Sixth Bath

Course description

This course will be an opportunity to study some fundamental questions which people have always asked about life including: How should we behave and act in society? What is the purpose of life? Can we prove God exists? Is there Life after Death?

AS Level:

Unit 1: Foundations. Philosophy The Design Argument & the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God, Problems of Evil and Suffering, Miracles including classical and modern philosophies. Ethics The rela-tionship between Religion & Morality, Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, War & Peace, Sexual Ethics.

Assessment will be through one written exam paper at the end of Year 12 of 1hr 35mins, where students have to answer three shorter essays.

Unit 2: Investigations. Guided personal study on Medical Ethics. Assessment will be through one exam of 1hr 15mins, where students have to answer one question as an extended essay, on a previously prepared topic.

A2 Level:

Unit 3: Developments. Philosophy Religious Experience, The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God, Non Existence of God, Life after Death, Religious Language. Ethics Critiques of the link between Re-ligion & Morality, Deontology, Virtue Theory & Natural Law, Emotivism, Objectivity, Subjectivism & Relativism, Justice, Law & Punishment

Unit 4: Implications. Synoptic study involving textual analysis of key philosophers. Assessment will be through one written exam paper in which students are expected to answer one question from a choice of nine on a pre-prepared text from an anthology.

There is no coursework.

Entry requirements

Students should enjoy discussion, expressing their opinions and justifying their comments. They should want to develop their critical and analytical skills. This subject equips students with problem solving,communication and presentation skills and therefore is an excellent choice of subject for those thinking about Law, Education & Medicine. It is also ideal for students who want to keep their options open forfurther study. Students should have a minimum grade B in both RE & English Literature to study Philosophy & Ethics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The New Sixth Bath directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • The New Sixth is located at the southern gateway to the World Heritage City of Bath with beautiful views towards the Severn estuary and over Bath. Access to the Sixth Form is easy as it is on main bus routes and next to the Bath Park and Ride terminus making it an easy destination for students.