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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Stanground Academy

Course description

If you enjoy questioning life and don’t like to simply accept what we are told.  If you like to have answers to the big questions that challenge our existence then this course if for you.  If you enjoy debating your ideas and opinions with others and like to be challenged in your thinking then this course is definitely for you.  You will be encouraged to think logically and you will be taught how to put those thoughts into carefully considered arguments.

Course content

This is a challenging and exciting course that allows you to gain a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes and techniques.

Content overview

Philosophy of religion

Learners will study topics such as:

-ancient philosophical influences

-the nature of the soul, mind and body

-arguments about the existence of God

-the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil

-ideas about the nature of God

-issues in religious language

Religion and ethics

-ethical theories such as Utilitarianism and Kant and the application of ethical theory to euthanasia and business

-debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience

-sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs

Developments in religious thought

-religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world

-sources of religious wisdom and authority

-significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought

-key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

All learners will study in the context of Christianity.

Entry requirements

5 + A* to B grades at GCSE including grade 6 or above in English..


You will be assessed via external examinations at the end of year 2.  There are 3 exams each of 2 hours length.

Future opportunities

Higher education – philosophy, sociology, psychology, theology, comparative religion, anthropology, law, art and teaching

Career opportunities – law, journalism, teaching, media, social work, police, nursing and TV

Further information

Philosophy and ethics combines well with history, English language and literature and sociology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanground Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years