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Ethics and Philosophy A Level at Poole High School

Course description

A-Level Ethics and Philosophy is an academically challenging subject that will make you THINK.  You will need to grapple with the most difficult questions of life as you study how philosophers reason about what is truth about morality.  This subject will help you to understand the viewpoints of others and develop the essential skill of communication which is needed in all areas of life. 

Course content

In Ethics and Philosophy we investigate responses to questions like:-

•       What is it to live a morally good life? Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics & Natural Law.

•       Does everyone have the right to a child? Applying the ethical theories listed above.

•       How do I be sure that this is not a dream world? Philosophy of Plato & Aristotle

•       Is there evidence for the existence of God? Philosophy of Aquinas, Hume & Descartes. 


Which students do well at A-Level Ethics & Philosophy?


•       …those who can develop an in-depth explanation about how philosophical arguments develop and how ethicists reason about how to live a moral life.  These skills have been introduced at GCSE, particularly in the Philosophy side of the course: remember David Hume’s response to miracles?  Can you develop Aquinas’ First cause argument in 4 stages?  There is far less emphasis on learning about religious beliefs;

•       …those who learn to critically assess ethical and philosophical theories, identifying strengths and weaknesses of the argument. In particular, you will need to be able to use one philosopher to challenge or support another.

•       ….those who have good skills at writing extended answers; 

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English – Grade B 
  • 5 A*-C GCSEs


•       Two modular examinations in year 12 (Ethics & Philosophy);

•       Two modular examinations in year 13 (Ethics & Philosophy);

•       No coursework. 

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poole High School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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