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Philosophy and Ethics A-Level (AQA) at Harington School

Course description

Studying Philosophy and Ethics will help you develop your thinking skills. You will gain an understanding of different responses to the big questions of life, and the views of philosophers and modern thinkers. Philosohpy is about enquiry and using reason to answer fundamental questions that have occupied enquiring minds since the ancient Greeks. Students will develop skills in absorbing and evaluating the ideas of philosophers and using them to address questions such as whether we can believe the evidence of our senses and whether there are rational grounds for believeing that God exists.

Course content

Key philosophical ideas will be studied, such as:

  • What is truth?
  • Why should I be moral?
  • Am I free or determined?

The students will extensively study moral philosophy, political philosophy, ethics, the philosophy of religion and epistemology.

Entry requirements

Each year, Harington School offers 150 places in Year 12 to students who meet our admissions criteria. 


Our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade B or abov
  • A*- C passes in Mathematics and English

There is an expectation that students will have achieve an A*-B grade in the subjects (or comparable subjects) that they wish to take at A-Level.

Future opportunities

Philosophy is a good choice for ambitious students seeking careers with international organisations, the Civil Service, law firms and accountancy/consulting firms, and leading businesses especially in information technology and environmental sectors. The key skills of understanding ideas and arguments, clear and critical thinking and writing, and making rational decisions, are highly valued at senior management levels.

Prestigious universities also value Philosophy qualifications as it demonstrates a capacity for independent thought and research. Philosophy is relevant for degrees offereing combined qualification such as Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and degrees with philosophy modules e.g. Law, Geography and Psychology.

Further information

Harington places a great emphasis on academic achievement and on providing challenging opportunities for personal development, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the individual Extended Project. These are essential when applying for the most prestigious universities. There will also be the opportunity to take the ABRSM grades in Music.

When choosing your A-Level subjects, you should take into consideration not only your personal strengths but also the requirements of any future courses you will wish to study post-18.

This is a very exciting time to join Harington School and our goal is to help you achieve the success you need to progress on to the next important stage of your education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harington School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2015
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