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Philosophy and Ethics at Sprowston Community High School

Course description

THE COURSE AS LEVEL


Unit 1 “Foundations” 1 Philosophy of Religion We start with philosophical arguments about the existence of God before exploring selected problems in the philosophy of religion like suffering and philosophical debates and problems to do with miracles. 2 Ethics A study of the ethical concepts of the relationship between religion and morality, Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics. We also study ethical dilemmas such as issues of war and peace, and sexual ethics.


Unit 2 “Investigations” Medical Ethics An investigation of one or more issues in medical ethics such as abortion, contraception, genetic engineering or euthanasia in its various forms. Students examine these issues from one or more ethical perspective. Relevant ethical questions such as the principle of the sanctity of life, medical consent, rights and duties, responsibilities & choices will need to be considered.


Unit 3 “Developments” 1 Philosophy of Religion A study of the philosophical arguments about the existence of God continues with a look at the key concepts, strengths and weaknesses of religious experience and ontology. We also explore the non-existence of God and critiques of religious belief. A study of selected problems in the philosophy of religion which covers beliefs about life after death, reincarnation, rebirth, resurrection and immortality of the soul. There is also a study of religious language: analogy; language of games; myth & symbol; verification & falsification debates.

2 Ethics A study of ethical concepts and critiques of the relationship between religion and morality form the start of this unit before going on to explore the key concepts, strengths and weaknesses of deontology, Natural Moral Law and Virtue Ethics. There is also a study of selected problems in ethics; a look at meaning and definition of ethical terms.


Unit 4 “Implications” Students consider a number of articles and are asked to consider the implications of holding certain opinions, views or beliefs for religion and human experience. This is the synoptic paper and so students will be expected to draw from many topics studied over the 2 years and can refer to their wider reading in areas such as Literature, History, Psychology and Sociology.

Entry requirements

To study A Level courses you will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSE Grades A*-C in full courses including either English or Maths. C grade or higher in GCSE English Language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sprowston Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

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

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