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A2 - Philosophy and Ethics at Chase Terrace Technology College

Course description

Philosophy deals with the big questions humans ask, such as “Does God exist?” While Ethics looks at how humans make important decisions, such as “What is right?” What topics will be studies? AS Topic 1: Philosophy of Religion Is God real? If so, then what is He? Can something come from nothing? Why are we here? Where do thoughts come from? Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Is it possible that the ‘Truman Show’ really exists and that we are all in it? What is the meaning of life? Can something exist that has no beginning? AS Topic 2: Religious Ethics How can we know what is morally good? Where do thoughts come from? Why is patience a virtue? Are human beings naturally selfish? Does science have morals? If practice makes perfect and nobody’s perfect, why practice? How is the AS course examined? For each unit there is a 1 hour 30 min written examination during which candidates will answer two two-part essay questions from a choice of four. There is no coursework in AS Philosophy and Ethics.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses as a general preparation for a higher education course or as a foundation for studying Theology or Religious Studies at Higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues such as a Social Worker, Priest, Counsellor or Teacher. As with the other humanities, Religion is a good foundation for entering employment as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in sectors where people are the main focus. You could take this course either alongside, or to prepare for, a GCSE in Religious Studies or an equivalent vocational level 1 or 2 qualification in a related subject such as Humanities. You could go into a job related to religious studies by doing work some based training that relates to people. This could be through an apprenticeship where you will gain relevant experience and qualifications such as an NVQ in Health and Social Care in whilst earning money at the same time. You could also go straight into a job as the course will provide you with the basic skills and knowledge that many employers are looking for.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chase Terrace Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year