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Philosophy & Ethics AS/A Level at Alec Reed Academy

Course description

Our courses offer a choice of six different religions, ensuring students have a thorough understanding of diverse philosophical and ethical viewpoints.

Course content

Students gain critical and evaluative skills sought by higher education and employers – particularly in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration and the media. Religious studies is a thought provoking subject and our contemporary themes will help you inspire engaging classroom discussion.

Students wlll gain knowledge on all religions. Philosophical and ethical themes have the same learning requirements, helping you integrate your teaching. The Academy has worked with subject experts, teachers and higher education to create a stimulating and relevant curriculum with a straightforward approach to assessment. Question papers will allow students of all abilities the chance to show what they know.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C including a GCSE grade 5 in English Language


AS Examinations

Component 1: PHIL1 An Introduction to Philosophy 1

(50% of AS, 25% of A Level 1 hour 30 mins written exam)

Candidates must answer the compulsory question on reason and experience and one other question.

Total marks: 90

Component 2: PHIL2 An Introduction to Philosophy 2

(50% of AS, 25% of A Level 1 hour 30 mins written exam)

Candidates must answer two questions.

Total marks: 90

A2 Examinations

Component 3: PHIL3 Key Themes in Philosophy

(30% of A Level, 2 hours written exam)

Candidates must answer two questions from two different sections (ie on two themes).

Total marks: 100

Component 4: PHIL4 Philosophical Problems

(20% of A Level, 1 hour 30 mins written exam)

Candidates must choose one section and answer the compulsory question and one essay question.

Total marks: 60

Future opportunities

In fact, it’s surprising just how many career paths a philosophy degree can help with. In a nutshell, doing philosophy can make a significant contribution to any job that requires you to think well, that is clearly and rigourously. Big business – the City firms, the banks, the management consultancies, the chartered accountants – are enthusiastic about people who’ve done philosophy, because they know how to think clearly. Philosophy students also go into law, politics, and the civil service. Journalism is a logical career path, since you have to be able to write well and present ideas logically and clearly. Advertising is another choice, and of course, last in this very incomplete list, but never least, there’s always education! 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 December 2016

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