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Philosophy and Ethics (RS) at Beaminster School

Course description

Philosophy and Ethics consistently attracts students who are interested in a subject that lays a strong foundation for university courses and careers.  Its academic credentials are recognised by the Russell Group of Universities who say it “provides suitable preparation for entry to university.”  Teaching logical thinking, an awareness of a wide range of contemporary issues, research skills and critical analysis, the course studied is based on Philosophy and Ethics – two exciting and hugely relevant areas.

As well as preparing a student for one of the variety of degree courses the study of Ethics compliments work in the field of medicine, medical sciences or the caring professions.  In the world of work employers look for someone with an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints, an ability to come to clear and balanced decisions.  These skills all develop through Philosophy and Ethics.


Course content

Year 1 (AS and A Level)    

The subject becomes reformed for teaching in September 2016.  At present, the exam boards are still waiting for their various syllabuses to be verified by Ofqual.  OCR (our current board) are proposing the following:

Philosophy of Religion 1: Ancient Greek philosophical influences; soul, mind and body (Descartes, Ryle ..);  Religious Experience; Traditional philosophical arguments about, good, evil and suffering.

Religion and Ethics 1: Ethical theories; Applied Ethics; Sex and Sexuality; Euthanasia; Ethical Language; Thoughts; Human Nature and Purpose of Life; The Self and Immortality; Knowledge of God; The Bible; Presentations of Jesus.

Year 2 (A Level)

Philosophy of Religion. 

Religion and Ethics.   

Development of Religious Thought.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE outcomes at A*-C with a minimum of Grade C in GCSE English Language.

Students who have not gained this grade may be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form.


AS is possible and will be assessed in June of Year 12.

100% of the A Level is assessed in June of Year 13.


Future opportunities

If you want to work with people, in caring work, teaching, journalism, publishing, police work, health, work with children or to work abroad in a cosmopolitan setting, this subject will give you plenty to think about, and valuable expertise as well as an academic A-Level that will open university doors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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