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Philosophy, Theolology and Ethics at Emmanuel College

Course description

How then should we live? 

The aim of the PTE course is to enable students to understand, articulate and critique their world view and the world views of those around them in order that they may be able to approach truth claims and ethical choices in a reasoned and consistent manner.

Key Objectives

  • Students will be able to understand the most significant global world views and the beliefs that constitute them.
  • Students will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of world views to enable them to make consistent and well informed responses, both intellectually and practically, to a range of truth claims, contemporary ethical issues and global / future challenges.
  • Students will be able to present their understanding and their own conclusions with clarity and persuasiveness in a range of settings.

Course content

Students take four units in total, two in each year of study: Culture and world view and Contemporary issues in society are studied in Year 12, Global and future challenges and Forming a personal response make up Year 13.

Each unit will be awarded one of four grades: fail, pass, merit or distinction. Each contains one assessment task which will be formally marked. Although there is only one assessment for each unit, there will be a requirement for students to submit elements of this assessment as the unit progresses. In addition, students are required to maintain a PTE file which will contain lecture/ class notes and notes from further reading. Each student is expected to write, present and defend a debate speech during their course, with their performance in the debate assessed. Each week there is a session in the lecture theatre and one classroom based lesson. Every effort is made to provide students with the opportunity to hear experts speak on their area of specialism throughout the course and some lectures will therefore be given by guest speakers.

Alongside the PTE course, a series of lectures focusses on issues related to scholarship. The scholarship programme is designed to give sixth form students the skills of outstanding academics, regardless of whether they apply that to academic or vocational pursuits.

Entry requirements

All students in the Sixth Form are expected to have scored at least a C grade in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Emmanuel College directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016

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