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Philosophy and Ethics AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics is one of the fasted growing A Level courses and is widely regarded by top universities as giving a good grounding in the key thinking/essay writing skills needed at that level. The course is split into two interlinked components of study.

Course content


Does God exist and if so what is God like?  The answer to this question shapes so much else about the choices people make and the values they hold.   This component examines key philosophical and religious issues related to belief in God, and how philosophy and religion contribute to the understanding of each other. Key themes will include:

  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Life after Death and the nature of the self/soul
  • Science and its relationship with religion
  • Sources of authority in religion
  • Evil and suffering
  • Religious experiences and miracles


How do people make decisions on what is right and wrong?  What influences that choice?  Is there even such a thing as good and bad or are all our choices determined either by God, our society or even our genetics? This component examines different ethical theories and how these can be applied to some of the most controversial issues in life. Key themes will include:

  • Ethical theories (e.g. Utilitarianism)
  • Issues of human life and death (e.g. Euthanaisa)
  • Issues of animal life and death
  • Free will and moral responsibility
  • Conscience
  • Religious and sexual identity


This course will be assessed by two 3hr exams at the end of Yr13.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years