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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at George Stephenson High School

Course description

Studying RS: Philosophy and Ethics you will have the opportunity to explore some of the big questions which fascinate us all. It is one of the fastest growing A level subjects and you will study the AQA Religious Studies specification for this award.

Course content

Within Philosophy and Religion, you will begin by considering the nature of God, life after death and authority before considering issues regarding the existence of God, religious experiences and the problem of evil. Within Ethics, Religion and Society, you will examine different ethical perspectives such as Kantian ethics and Utilitarianism whilst considering what are the key moral principles. You will then examine how these theories can be applied to real life topics relating to life such as medical ethics and animal testing.

In Ethics, Religion and Society, you will consider debates that are the background to all ethical discussions such as “Are we really free?” and “What is a conscience?” You will also investigate religion and identity, including different sexual identities as well as religious pluralism. In Philosophy and Religion, you will think about the meaningfulness of religious language and consider the nature of religion and science and the place of religion in contemporary society. You will also look at the philosophical issues with miracles.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C including English.


Assessment is essay based and you will be taught how to create and sustain an argument before coming to a reasoned and justified conclusion. At AS, you will sit 2 papers that each last 1 hour and 45 minutes. At A2, you will sit 2 examinations that each last 3 hours.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 February 2017

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