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Philosophy Pre-U at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Course description

The subject of Philosophy and Ethics is an extremely popular choice for students' Sixth Form studies, with over 70 students studying it in Years 12 and 13. It is a course which places an emphasis on developing a student's problem solving and creative abilities, as well as providing a forum for the debate of questions that have vexed mankind for centuries. The subject can be particularly useful for building a student's powers of analysis and evaluation, creativity and the ability to explore challenging and demanding concepts. Everyone who takes the course can make a valuable contribution, as Philosophy is very much about unlocking and understanding the human experience and condition. Needless to say, it is an exacting and academically rigorous course.

Some of the topics that are studied are: Plato's Cave and the Theory of the Forms, Descartes’ methodological doubt, and various philosophical arguments for the existence of God, as well as some critiques of religion, such as Freud's Primal Horde Theory. In Ethics we examine the nature and role of Ethics, whether ‘morality’ exists in any objective sense and then we consider ethical frameworks and theories such as Utilitarianism. We go on to consider the impact of free will and determinism on human existence and on Ethics in particular. In essence we wish to give our students a knowledge of some of the ideas that have shaped the world in which we live.

We follow the Cambridge Pre-U Philosophy and Theology syllabus throughout Years 12 and 13, with examination at the end of Year 13. We select modules relating closely to Philosophy and Ethics. The Pre-U examination has full A level equivalency, and also allows the possibility of achieving above A*. It is widely recognised and lauded as academically rigorous by the most prestigious universities. The course is taken by subject specialists in Epistemology, Moral Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion. Approximately 80% of our students achieve Grade C (or the Pre-U equivalent thereof) or above at the end of Year 13, with approximately 40-50% of these being A or A*.

Entry requirements

Grade 7 in GCSE English Language or Religious Studies guarantees a place on this course.  A Grade 6 in English Language or Religious Studies may be accepted.

Please note that applicants must also meet our overall entry requirements of 8 GCSE passes at grade 9 - 5.​

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Religious Studies, which could lead you onto higher education to study Theology or Religious Studies. With further training, you could go into a job related to Religious issues and Theology such as a Social Worker or Counsellor. You could also go straight into a job as the GCE is a recognised qualification that will help 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.

Further information

There will be a presentation on this course at our Sixth Form Open Evening in February.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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