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A Level Philosophy and Ethics at The Whitby High School

Course description

Philosophy deals with difficult questions that other subjects find tricky to answer.

It is the task of philosophers to debate these questions and offer possible solutions.

For example: What is reality? What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist? Where

did the universe come from? Is there a God? Is there life after death? Ethics is a

particular branch of philosophy (often called moral philosophy) and deals with

issues of right and wrong. Within ethics we might ask: Where does our conscience

come from? Do we have free will? Is abortion or war simply murder? Is genetic

engineering morally acceptable? Is homosexuality morally wrong? How should we

treat the environment? How should businesses treat employees and consumers?

If you enjoy contemplating questions such as these, then Philosophy and Ethics

may be the course for you!

Whilst studying Philosophy and Ethics you will have the opportunity to discuss,

contemplate, read and write about intellectually stimulating and powerful

questions such as those listed above. Throughout this process, your own

assumptions will be challenged, perhaps forcing you to rethink or even reject

beliefs which you have always accepted as true. The ancient Greek philosopher

Socrates claimed, 'the unexamined life is not worth living.' Whilst the truth of this

claim might be debatable, what is certain is that Philosophy and Ethics will broaden

your mind in ways you could never have imagined!

Entry requirements

Five A*-C grades at GCSE required.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years