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Philosophy & Ethics A Level at The Blue School

Course description

What does this course involve?

 The philosophy content examines some of the classic philosophical issues:

 · What is truth?

· What arguments are there for and against the existence of God?

· What kind of god do different people believe in?

 · How do humans conceive of life after death?

· The influence of Plato and Aristotle is considered as well as that of Judaeo-Christian ideas. In ethics the issues include:

 · How do humans tell right from wrong?

 · Are some things always right/wrong?

· Does it depend on the circumstances/consequences?

 · How can these ideas be applied to issues such as sexuality, modern medical ethical issues and the morality of war and conflict?

From 2016 A Level reform requires all courses in this subject to include an in depth study of a major world faith, in this case Christianity.



Course content

How will you learn?

Discussion, use of PowerPoint devised by both staff and students, directed reading, teacher-led lecture, group work and attending conferences are all used extensively. Assessment is by essay and your skills at the necessary reading, planning and writing of essays will be developed by regular practice over the course. This will often be in your own time and to clear deadlines. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*- C including grades for English and Mathematics as below:

  •          English Language – New grade 4 or above
  •          Mathematics – New grade 4 or above


Assessment is by three examinations, each lasting two hours, in the summer of 2019. Each paper involves answering three single essay questions from a choice of four.

Should you want to explore the content or prepare for this course, consider reading Peter Vardy’s ‘The Puzzle of God’ or ‘The Puzzle of Ethics’. Both are widely and cheaply available

Future opportunities

Having considered some of the most enduring questions of human interest in a systematic and rigorous fashion is an asset in virtually any area of endeavour, academic or otherwise. This is increasingly the case in a plural and multicultural society. Each year students progress from this course to related degrees such as Philosophy, Theology and Anthropology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Blue School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017

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