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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Tor Bridge High

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics could be the course for you if you
like to:

Compare and develop your own ideas with the greatest thinkers of the last 2500 years
Examine different understandings of the metaphysical, like the nature of good and evil and what could be behind the universe
Contrast the development of modern ideas in psychology and sociology with those inherited from early Christian thinkers
Apply the vast array of skills you learn and understanding what you develop to today’s most pressing social and ethical issues
The study of one religion
The course provides a critical approach to the consideration of moral and philosophical issues. Students study the theories of philosophers such as Socrates,
Aristotle and Aquinas to contemporary discourse from Bertrand Russell and Richard Dawkins. An integral part of the course is to apply theories to contemporary issues of
abortion, euthanasia, sexual ethics, war and peace, environment and business, justice, law and punishment.

Course content

The study of one religion: Religious beliefs and teachings, sources of wisdom and authority, social and historical theological developments, religious figures and religious practice.

Philosophy: Ancient Greek influences, Judaeo-Christian influences, arguments for and against the existence of God, life and death, religious language and religious

Ethics: Ethical theories e.g natural law, Kant, utilitarianism, virtue ethics and situation ethics. Free will and determinism, conscience and ethical language. Applied ethics to abortion, euthanasia, war and peace, the environment and sexual ethics.

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve 8 A* — C grades. GCSE RE is not a prerequisite but English GCSE should be grade 5 or above.

Students are expected to have an interest in current affairs, to use an enquiring critical and empathetic approach to the study of religious, political and legal events and ethical developments in society.


100% exam. There will be three 2 hour exams. There is no coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tor Bridge High directly.

Last updated date: 17 January 2018

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