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Philosophy and Ethics AS Level at Driffield School

Course description

The AS and A2 GCE RE courses require candidates to  study  two  areas:    Philosophy  and  Ethics.  During the course you will learn the key concepts, ideas and theories  within  these  areas  of  study.  Ethics  and  the Philosophy of Religion invites you to ask questions, to challenge your views and the view of others, to agree, disagree, think, debate, discuss and to enquire. The topics covered at GCE builds on many of the units studied at GCSE. You will learn about the contribution of  significant  people,  traditions  or  movements  to philosophy.  You  will  also  learn  about  major  ethical theories  and  how  they  are  used  by  people  to  justify the  decisions  they  make  in  areas  such  as  abortion, euthanasia, war and sex.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C in subjects at GCSE must include Religious Studies and English.


The AS GCE is made up of two units which are externally assessed by written examination. Examinations will be available  only  in  the  June  examination  session. The Advanced  Subsidiary  GCE  is  both  a  ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of the A2 course and form 50% of the corresponding four-unit Advanced GCE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year