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A Level Religious Education - Philosophy and Ethics - Option C at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description

Why should I study Philosophy and Ethics?

The issues associated with Philosophy and Ethics are all around us today. There is no escaping the relevance of topics such as sexual ethics, the environment and business ethics. This is an exciting, popular and interesting A Level due to its relevance to today’s society, as well as being a highly regarded academic subject.

The course provides opportunities for students to develop important skills such as analysis, evaluation, communication problem solving and independent learning. It gives students the opportunity to study some of the fundamental questions which people have always asked about life: why are we here, how should we behave and what happens to us when we die?

Course content

What will I do during the course?

In Year 12 students study ethical theories such as Natural Law, Kant, Utilitarianism and Religious ethics. They then apply the theories to topics such as Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering and war and peace. Students also study the philosophical ideas of Hinduism focusing on origins, core concepts, attitudes and practices.

In Year 13 students study ethical language, the concept of free will and determinism, conscience and Virtue ethics. The applied ethics looks at Environmental Ethics, Sexual Ethics and Business Ethics. Students also learn about Hindu ethics, scriptures and reform movements, as well as studying the views of Hindu philosophers such as Sankara.

Entry requirements

Grade B in RE GCSE Short course and a B in English is desirable too.


How will I be assessed?

At the end of each year of this course you will sit 2 exam papers, one for Ethics and one for Hindu Philosophy.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

If you plan to go to university then this course is good preparation for a number of courses, obviously Philosophy and Ethics, but it also has direct links to Sociology, History, Psychology, Environmental Science, English, Media Studies, Law, Medicine, Education and Business to name a few.

Alternatively if you are interested in a career in child care, nursing, social work, the media, the Armed Forces, the Police or retail then Philosophy and Ethics is a much valued subject because of its relevance to the world in which we live. Philosophy and Ethics is about people and how we live and is an invaluable subject whatever your future plans.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years