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A Level Philosophy and Ethics at Ousedale School

Course description

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?

  •  Who am I?
  •  How do we know what is truth?
  •  Is there any purpose to suffering?
  •  Does God exist? If so, can I prove it?
  •  How should I behave?

These are the basis for the Philosophy part of the Religious Studies A Level. Students will look at the thinking of Ancient Greek and modern Philosophers, alongside that of philosophers and theologians from the Judaeo-Christian tradition to attempt to answer some of these ultimate questions about life.

Course content

In Ethics students consider ethical theories that may be used when we make decisions. These will be specifically applied to issues, such as:

  •  Abortion and the right to a child
  •  Euthanasia
  •  Genetic Engineering
  •  War and Peace
  •  The Environment and Business
  •  Sex and Relationships

The course requires the student to think intelligently across a range of subject areas in order to develop philosophical skills. They are required to organise material, assessing and evaluating its significance, whilst also being willing to present their own arguments and opinions supported by evidence. Lively debate is encouraged!

Students should be competent in essay writing and prepared to contribute verbally. At no point does the course assess a student’s personal beliefs, but rather their ability to analyse and evaluate their own position in comparison to the views of Philosophers and Scholars.

Philosophy and Ethics incorporates the same educational principles and standards as other A Level Arts subjects, therefore the skills are transferable to many subject areas. As an academic qualification it is welcomed by colleges and universities as evidence of an ability to think critically and evaluate a variety of different viewpoints.

Entry requirements

5 x A* - C at GCSE level Minimum Grade B in Religious Studies GCSE


Examination: 100%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years