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Philosophy, Ethics and Belief A Level (Edexcel) at Stroud High School

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics is a subject that gives students the opportunity to develop thinking skills and powers of analysis and the ability to produce and assess a balanced argument. It improves language skills and enables an appreciation of objective concepts and individual opinions. This subject allows for a variety of skills to be developed appropriate for careers in fields such as journalism, law, medicine, media, the police force, teaching, psychology, designing and charity work.

Course content

Component 1: Philosophy of Religion – students focus on key philosophical questions such as the exploration of the nature and influence of religious experience in philosophical thought. They also consider the place of evil and suffering in the world, and ask whether it is ever possible to successful talk about God. Other elements involve addressing key philosophical issues, influences and developments as well as individual philosophers.

Component 2: Religious Ethics – this unit sees the students exploring the intricate links between religious and philosophical belief, and ethical behaviour. Significant ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, situation ethics and natural moral law are debated and applied and practical issues such as War and Peace and Sexual Ethics are considered. The language of ethics, such as what we mean by ‘good’ and ‘bad’ is studied alongside a focus on key ethicists and their particular theories. The ever-popular topic of medical ethics will engage many students as will a focus on some of the more prominent developments in ethics of the last few years.

Component 3: Study of Belief - Buddhism – students will have the opportunity to focus on the religion of Buddhism in more depth. They will be asked to look at religious beliefs, values and teachings, sources of wisdom and authority and practices that have shaped and expressed religious identity as a Buddhist. Also explored are the social and historical developments as well as a comparative study of two Buddhist scholars. Students will also be aiming to show understanding of Buddhism in the context of key societies.

Set texts will be specified.

Entry requirements

Students are required to achieve a minimum Grade B at GCSE level RE. If a student has not taken GCSE RE then they will need a Grade 6 or above in GCSE level English Language and/or Grade B GCSE level History.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years