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Philosophy and Ethics AS/A2 at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School

Course description

This is a new and very interesting course. You will study different aspects of European and Eastern philosophy, looking at contrasting views of the nature of God, human purpose and existence as well as the philosophy of morality from ancient or modern perspectives.

The course addresses the big questions in life such as: What am I doing here? Is there a God? Why do I suffer? How should I behave? Why follow rules?

Course content

AS course content

Philosophy of religion

Ancient philosophical influences

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

The nature of the soul, mind and body The possibility of life after death

Religion and Ethics

Normative ethical theories

The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance

Ethical language and thought

Developments in religious thought

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

A level course content

Learners will study Ideas about the nature of God Issues in religious language.

Religion and Ethics

Debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will

The influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion

Developments in religious thought

Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought

Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.

Entry requirements

Grade B in English Language or Literature


AS 3x 1 hour written papers worth 33.3% of the total each

(Philosophy of Religion 60 marks, Religion and Ethics 60 marks, Developments in religious thought 60 marks)  

A level 3x 2 hour written papers worth 33.3% of the total each

(Philosophy of Religion 120 marks, Religion and Ethics 120 marks, Developments in religious thought 120 marks)

Future opportunities

This course is suitable for students who are thinking about going to university to study a range of subjects including: History, Law, Philosophy, English, Psychology, Public Relations, Politics and Medicine. Philosophy will help you to develop the skills prized by these subjects.

Further information

This course is a traditional A Level.  It is an exam based subject which includes essay based questions. 

Students are also required to read around the subject to develop their understanding of different philosophical traditions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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