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Philosophy and Ethics AS GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics offers you an interesting and intellectually challenging A Level. This course will help you develop an understanding of moral, ethical and cultural studies. Philosophy and Ethics develops a variety of skills including discussion and debate, logical argument and critical evaluation. All these skills are transferable.

Course content

Students study 2 units at AS Level:


  • Ancient Greek influences
  • Judaeo - Christian influences
  • Arguments for and against the existence of God


  • Ethical theories e.g. Natural Law, Utilitarianism,
  • Applied Ethics e.g. Abortion, Euthanasia, War & Peace

These units are then carried forward to A2 study. Areas of study include

  • Life after Death
  • Free Will
  • Conscience and Virtue Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Sexual Ethics

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve 5 A* - C grades. Ideally Philosophy and Ethics and English Language should be grade B or above. You will also be required to be interviewed by the Head of Department if you have not studied Philosophy and Ethics at GCSE.


AS - Students sit 2 x 1.5 hour papers: one on Philosophy and one on Ethics. Students answer two questions from a choice of four.

There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Philosophy and Ethics is highly regarded by universities and employers (according to the Association of Graduate CareersAdvisory Service). Graduates in Philosophy and Ethics enter a wide range of careers for example: Broadcast, Education, Finance, Legal, Politics, Journalism, Medicine, Police and Social Work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year