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Philosophy and Ethics at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

This course is available to learners enrolled at this school and learners at other schools within the Chatham Consortium.  

Why should I study Philosophy and Ethics?

Philosophy and Ethics is the living study of beliefs and practice. It focusses on what is now, not what has happened in the past. To study religion is to learn about people. To study philosophy is to learn about oneself. To learn about ethics is to decide how we might act for the benefit of others.

What will the course involve?

This subject provides you with the opportunity to ask questions such as: • “How did the universe come to exist?” • “Do you need to be religious to be good?” • “Does God exist?” • “What is the purpose of religion?” You will learn from a combination of whole class and individual study where you can reflect upon your own opinions and views and those of others. There is a strong focus on individual religions.

How might this course complement others?

Religious Studies goes very well with Psychology, Sociology, English and History and it is a good subject to study if your other choices have a more Mathematical or Scientific focus. Universities sometimes like to see a balance in your subject selection: e.g. one university where you can study medicine has said that “some preference will be given to applicants who offer a contrasting subject at AS/A Level” – Philosophy and Ethics is one of those subjects.

How will this subject be useful in the future?

Philosophy and Ethics is highly regarded by all universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Any employment involving working with people will find this subject very useful. Demonstrating your understanding and knowledge of different people and cultures, as well as developing logical thinking skills over the duration of this course, will be invaluable for careers in the Police, Armed Forces, Social Work, Civil Service, Banking, Nursing, Medicine, Teaching and Law.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September