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Philosophy and Ethics AS/A level (AQA) at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy

Course description

Do you have an inquiring mind?

Do you relish the idea of discussing the things that really matter to you and trying to bring people round to your way of thinking?

Are you interested in the relationships between religion, society, politics law, ethics and the media?

Course content

For both the AS and A2, there will be two assessed components of study.

These comprise of Philosophy and Religion, and Ethics, Religion and Society. Ethics focuses on various theories of right and wrong, and their application to practical issues (e.g. medical ethics, issues of human life and death). Philosophy deals with traditional arguments for the existence of God and criticisms of these by various scholars.

Students will study Christianity at both AS and A2, and will explore issues concerning God/god/Ultimate Reality, the challenge from science and sources of wisdom and authority. Students complete two examination papers at the end of the AS year in June. Students that continue to A2 will sit a further two examinations in the following year. There is no coursework for this qualification.

Entry requirements

All students applying for Advanced level courses at Abbey Grange C of E Academy should meet the following entry requirements. To study 4 subjects a student should have at least 7 GCSEs at grade C or above, with a minimum of grade B or above in their chosen subjects. To study 3 subjects a student should have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, with a grade B or above in their chosen subjects.

Assessment

Assessment is by means of 2 exams at the end of Year 12 and a further 2 exams at the end of Year 13. There is no coursework for this qualification.

Future opportunities

As a sound Humanities A' Level course, Philosophy and Ethics could lead onto further study in a range of subjects and be useful in a variety of careers. Many students could follow this course with a degree in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theology, Sociology or Psychology. Students find the skills and knowledge gained from Philosophy and Ethics useful in areas such as journalism, social care, the army, child care, the police, probation work, counselling, teaching, nursing and human resources.

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 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS in Year 12, A2 in Year13

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