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Philosophy and Ethics AS/A2 Level at Saint Cecilia's Church of England School

Course description

What you will study:

Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient Greek influences on religious philosophy such as Plato and Aristotle.
  • Arguments for the existence of God. The relationship of body and soul, and different theories of life after death. Analysis of religious experience, miracles and religious language. The problem of Evil.

Religious Ethics (moral philosophy)

  • Ethical theory – Virtue Ethics, Situation ethics, Kantian ethics and Natural Moral Law.
  • Application of theory to such issues as: abortion, genetic engineering, embryo research, environmental ethics, sexual ethics and war, peace & justice.
  • Connections in Philosophy and Ethics: free will, morality, God, evil, psychology, sociology and life after death

 

Course content

Philosophy and Religion:

  • Ancient Greek influences on religious philosophy such as Plato  and Aristotle.
  • Arguments for the existence of God. The relationship of body and soul, and different theories of life after death. Analysis of religious experience,miracles and religious language. The problem of evil.

Religious Ethics (moral philosophy):

  • Ethical theory – Virtue Ethics, Situation ethics, Kantian ethics and Natural
  • Moral Law.
  • Application of theory to such issues as: abortion, genetic engineering, embryo research, environmental ethics, sexual ethics and war, peace & justice.
  • Connections in Philosophy and Ethics: free will, morality, God, evil, psychology, sociology and life after death.

 

 

 

 

Assessment

Year 1 - AS

  • Philosophy of Religion                                       (examination – 1 hour 30 mins)
  • Religious Ethics                                                 (examination – 1 hour 30 mins)

Year 2 - A2

  • Philosophy of Religion  (examination – 1 hour 30 mins)
  • Religious Ethics           (examination – 1 hour 30 mins)

 

 

Financial information

Students are required to have achieved a grade ‘B’ or above at GCSE Religious Studies or English Language in order to be accepted on to the course.

 

Future opportunities

Students taking Philosophy and Ethics at A Level will go on to study virtually any subject in Higher Education. Philosophy and Ethics combine well with the study of all subjects because they develop the powers of rational and critical thinking. The skills developed in Philosophy and Ethics could be particularly useful for careers in law, education, social work, politics, medicine, administration or the media.

 

 

 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact us on 0208 7801244 or info@saintcecilias.wandsworth.sch.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Cecilia's Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 22 October 2014
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      Saint Cecilia’s is a co-educational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18 years in the Diocese of Southwark and the London Borough of Wandsworth. The school is highly successful and well-respected with a proven record of high academic standards taught in a caring, supportive and distinctly Christian environment.

      The school respects the unique contribution which every individual can make to the community and seeks to place this contribution within a clear structure which both embraces the highest possible academic aspirations and accepts individual differences in ability, aptitude and level of skills. Saint Cecilia’s is primarily a learning community and its culture of teaching and learning unlocks pupils’ potential for self-fulfillment and prepares them to take their place within adult life as well-rounded responsible and caring people.

      At the heart of the school is its Christian foundation, where Jesus Christ is reflected in every aspect of school life. This is true in the relationships we build, the choices we make, the attitudes we adopt and the goals for which we strive, and as a Christian school we are proud to declare that we exist to “Glorify God Through Outstanding, Enjoyable Education”.

      Our school community is enriched by a committed staff, good discipline and wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities aimed at broadening our pupils’ experiences. We pride ourselves on knowing each child personally, thereby enabling us to monitor carefully the all-round development of each child during his or her time with us.

      Indeed, we want all pupils to look back on their time at this school as the happiest time of their lives; this is what we strive for day in and day out. Our success is also built on the excellent partnerships developed with parents and carers, through which we can promote the kind of education that enables our pupils to prosper and receive the very best educational opportunities.

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      Life in the Sixth Form is exciting and vibrant with a real sense of purpose. Students are encouraged to study a combination of courses that are most suited to their interests, particular skill set and future career and life ambitions. Students are encouraged to 'think big'  and 'aim high'. We want every student to at least fulfil, if not exceed, his or her academic potential, and there is a real drive towards achieving academic success.

      However, life in the Sixth Form at Saint Cecilia's offers much more than that. It is our desire for students to achieve their academic potential, but equally we want students to leave here having successfully managed the transition from child to adult, and to have developed the skills, abilities, confidence and character to lead fulfilled and happy adult lives and make a valuable contribution to the society in which they live.