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Philosophy and Ethics at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

The Course

The course explores the impact of philosophy and philosophical questioning of religious issues more deeply, looking at arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering and psychological and sociological challenges to religious belief.

AS Level

G571 Philosophy of Religion:

Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion:

Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion:

Traditional arguments for the existence of God:

Challenges to religious Belief;

G572 : Ethics:

Ethical Theories :

Natural Moral Law:

Kant and ‘Duty’ :

The Categorical Imperative:

Utilitarianism : Bentham and Mill:

Christian Ethics:

Applied Ethics :

Abortion; Euthanasia; The ‘Right to Life’ : Genetic Engineering; a ‘Just War’ ?

A2 Level

G581: Philosophy of Religion

• Religious language

• Experience and religion

• Nature of God

• Life and death

• Miracle

G582: Ethics

• Meta-Ethics

• Free will and determinism

• Conscience

• Virtue ethics

• Applied ethics topics: Ethical language; Free will and determinism; Conscience; Virtue ethics; Environmental and business ethics; Sexual ethics.


Many universities and employers look to this subject with favour as it shows an ability to work as a team or individually, as well as provide your own often innovative thinking. The course enables you to deal with abstractions, work to deadlines, make informed and studied answers to difficult questions. You are also empowered to deduce, discuss, communicate and evaluate. The ethical section to the course is also good for areas such as Medicine and Law. Management consultancy, civil service, journalism, teaching, social services and counselling, the ministry are all possible career choices.

What Next…

Cambridge, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham and Durham are just a few of the universities which previous students have entered following their study of this subject.


Above all, you will be given the opportunity to look inside yourself, to look deep within to find how you respond to these thinkers, and begin to look at the world with new eyes and new understanding. You will probably never look at the world in the same way again after studying this course!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.