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AS Philosophy and Ethics at Framwellgate School

Course description

Why Study Philosophy and Ethics?

Studying Philosophy will involve exploring the philosophy of religion; you will explore the ancient Greek influences on philosophy through the works of Plato and Aristotle. You will compare the Judaeo-Christian influences on the philosophy of religion with those from outside of the tradition and will develop your own responses to these philosophies ancient and modern.

You will develop a sophisticated ability to challenge and question religious concepts such as belief in God and religious experience and you will consider some of the questions which have occupied the minds of philosophers for thousands of years. You will explore ethical theories and investigate meta-ethics ; the ethical language we use all the time. This course will certainly get you thinking!

Features of the Course:

The course involves studying for two papers; Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. We study the ancient Greek Philosophers and the Judaeo-Christian influences on the philosophy of religion with an exploration into the concept of God as creator and God as the ultimate good. You will study the problem of evil and responses to this. The ethics paper involves a study of Kant, Utilitarianism, Situation ethics and Natural Law. This is applied to a range of moral issues such as euthanasia.

You have a 1 hour lesson after-school every week and one lesson within your enrichment hour on your timetable. You will be provided with comprehensive notes and readings and the lessons involve development of your understanding.

This is an enrichment opportunity but it will lead to an AS qualification over two years.

Modules covered in Year 12: Philosophy of Religion

Assessment in Year 12:

Examinations: 1 x 1.5hr exam

Coursework: No

Modules covered in Year 13: Religious Ethics

Assessment in Year 13:

Examinations: 1 x 1.5hr exam

Coursework: No


Enrichment Course

Entry requirements

In order to enroll on sixth form courses, applicants will need to have achieved:

  • 5 A* to C Grades in separate subjects and in addition
  • A grade C or above in English GCSE

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September