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Philosophy and Ethics at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics is a popular, well-respected and academically rigorous subject.  As the students progress they will explore and understand with ever greater clarity how the theories and writings of thinkers like Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Kant, Freud, Marx and Dawkins have shaped for better or worse the beliefs and values that society generally takes for granted.

Course content

This subject involves a great deal of oral debate, and collaborative as well as independent research and written work.  It links well with a vast range of other subjects, especially Psychology, Physics, Maths, History and English.

Entry requirements

 5 A*- C grades at GCSE, including grade B or above in English and Religious Studies.  Alternative evidence of higher level thinking skills, an enquiring mind and good oral and written communication skills may be acceptable at the department’s discretion.


Students will be required to pass an aptitude test before being accepted permanently onto the course.

Financial information

Following acceptance they will be expected to purchase a text book or pay a deposit for one and sign a home-school contract.

Future opportunities

Students who have studied this subject have gone on to take a wide range of degrees including Law, Politics, Economics, Classics and the Sciences as well as Philosophy and Theology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uplands Community College School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Wadhurst is situated on the Kent/Sussex border seven miles (11 km) east of Crowborough and about seven miles (11 km) south of Tunbridge Wells.  It is also within easy reach of Ticehurst, Burwash, Mayfield and Heathfield in East Sussex, and Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst and Cranbrook in Kent.


      There is limited parking available on the College site during the day.  Visitors travelling by car may prefer to park in the public car park, which is situated next to the Greyhound Pub in the High Street, adjacent to the College. 


      Uplands is a Community College and we have a Sports Centre on-site, which is open to the public and a Youth Centre across the road.  The entire College site, including the Sports Centre is a non-smoking environment. 

      The College is:

      • Within easy reach of the A21


      • Approximately 1 mile from Wadhurst Railway Station


      • Served by bus routes from the surrounding towns/villages


      • Located within the centre of Wadhurst; Sixth Form students are permitted to visit the local shops during study periods and break/lunchtime