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*Philosophy and Ethics A-Level at President Kennedy School

Course description

A level Philosophy & Ethics require students to examine and analyse the major influences on Western Philosophy; starting with the Ancient Greek and Judeo-Christian influences on views of God and reality. Students also examine the various views of morality; with a focus on understanding what makes an action or consequence good or evil. Students are required to apply these principles to everyday examples, and to reflect on them to develop their own personal understanding.

Course content

Philosophy of Religion

Students examine Ancient Greek and Judeo-Christian influences on the philosophy of religion and the arguments for the existence of God. Students also examine challenges from science and the problem of evil.

Religious Ethics

Students examine classical and modern approaches to ethics, including Utilitarianism, Natural Law, Kant and Christian Ethics. Students apply these to practical issues including abortion, war, genetic engineering and euthanasia.

Philosophy of Religion

Students examine the nature of personal identity, including the soul; the nature of God; the meaning of religious language and the role of religious experience and scripture.

Religious Ethics

Students examine Virtue Ethics, Meta-ethics the use of ethical language, the nature of conscience and assess the role of free will. Students apply this and the key theories to environmental, business and sexual ethics.

Entry requirements

Minimum standard entry requirements including a Grade C in GCSE English Language or Literature and a Grade C in GCSE Religious Studies.



Exam Board 100% examinations

A2 – Philosophy exam 1 ½ hours and Ethics exam 1 ½ hours.

Future opportunities

A Level Philosophy & Ethics is accepted as an entry to a variety of degree courses and is also a suitable qualification for a wide range of careers, including teaching, police, public relations, personnel, medicine, journalism, social work, management and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact President Kennedy School directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 5000022805/50021990