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Philosophy & Ethics A Level (AS/A2) at The Bicester School

Course description


Unit 1 Philosophy of Religion:

  • Ancient Greek influences on philosophy of religion
  • Judaeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion
  • Traditional arguments for the existence of God
  • Challenges to religious belief

Unit 2 Religious Ethics:

  • Different approaches to ethical decision‐ making, including what should motivate us in making decisions and the nature of ‘goodness.’
  • The debates surround ethical dilemmas such as abortion, euthanasia, fertility treatments, war and peace, genetic engineering and human embryo research
  •  The influence of ethical theories and how these can be applied to the dilemmas
  • A critical analysis of the impact of Christianity on ethics, assessing how Christians make decision and whether it is a moral source of guidance


Unit 1 Philosophy of Religion:

  • How language is used in a religious context and whether it is ever possible to speak meaningfully about God
  • Religious Experiences
  • Nature of God, including the debate surround how we perceive time and if it is possible to be all‐ powerful, all‐knowing and all‐loving.
  • Debates around the nature and existence of the soul and philosophical arguments about the afterlife
  • A critical study of miracles

Unit 2 Religious Ethics:

  • How language is used in ethics and whether ethical claims have any factual meaning
  • The debate around free will and whether we are morally responsible for our own choices
  • The nature and existence of conscience 
  • The AS ethical theories as well as Virtue Ethics and how they might be applied to modern dilemmas
  • Ethical issues raised in relation to sex, the environment and modern business

Entry requirements

5 A*‐C at GCSE including English and Maths is required for this course but it is recommended to have grade B in GCSE English. A B or higher in GCSE Philosophy & Ethics is desirable.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years