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Philosophy & Ethics a Level at St Laurence School

Course description

At AS level you will study 2 units. Each will be assessed by an examination of one and a half hours in
length. You will follow the OCR syllabus and there is no coursework in this subject.
Paper 1 – Philosophy of Religion
 Greek influences on Western Philosophy
 Judeo-Christian influences on Philosophy
 Arguments for the existence of God.
 Challenges to religious belief
Paper 2 – Religious Ethics
 Natural Law
 Absolute and Relative Morality
 Kantian Ethics
 Utilitarianism
 Applied Ethics
 Abortion
 Right to a child
 Euthanasia
 Genetic Engineering
 War and Peace
Unit 3 – Philosophy of Religion
 Philosophical arguments for the existence of God
 Concepts of proof
 Beliefs about life after death
 Religious language.
Unit 4 – Religious Ethics
 Free Will and determinism.
 The nature and role of conscience.
 Sexual ethics
 Environmentalism.
 Business Ethics
 Meta Ethics
 Virtue Ethics

Entry requirements

Ideally you will have achieved Grade C in GCSE short course. But more importantly you must realise that Philosophy is a way of thinking. Those who study philosophy are asking questions about the world; its people and ideas, that although may seem simple at first are actually very complex. Philosophy and Ethics is a challenging but rewarding course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Laurence School directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years