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Philosophy and Ethics GCSE at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Qualification :General Certificate of Secondary Education
Exam Board :OCR (OCEAC)
Category :Philosophy - History, Philosophy and Theology

Course content

This course gives pupils the opportunity to develop the skills valued by universities, colleges and employers. These include communication, research, note taking and empathy.
Pupils will study eight units; for each unit of study they will have the chance to develop their knowledge and understanding and they will be able to analyse, interpret and evaluate philosophical and ethical concepts.
Examples of what is covered include: Good and Evil, Death and the Afterlife, Prejudice and Equality, Medical Ethics, Relationships and many more.
This course is supported by new textbooks and study guides, PowerPoint presentations, interactive tasks, DVD's and much more


At the end of year eleven pupils are required to sit two 2 hour examinations.
In the examinations pupils answer four questions in the philosophy paper and four in the ethics paper.
There is no coursework for this GCSE.

Future opportunities

The skills that pupils acquire from taking this GCSE are valued by many Universities and Sixth Form Colleges. GCSE Philosophy and Ethics is recognised as an academic discipline by many institutions of further and higher education.
In the workplace many of the skills are relevant and examples of the type of employer are; Armed Forces, Police, Banking, Education, Social work, and Government.

Further information

For a copy of the school's Key Stage 4 (14 to 16) brochure please log on to the school's website at

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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