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Philosophy & Ethics A-Level at Nunthorpe Academy

Course description

Why choose Philosophy and Ethics?

Philosophy and Ethics investigates some highly profound questions: ‘What can we know about the world we live in? Is right or wrong simply a matter of culture? Is it rational to believe in God?’ It encourages independent thought and enables students to not simply accept what others write and say at face value – valuable skills for a career in journalism, law, civil service, teaching and a range of careers that require clear analytical thinking skills.

What does the course involve?

Both AS and A2 levels consists of two units.

For the first AS level unit, students study a range of topics such as proving the existence of God; the problem of evil and suffering in the world; a study of ethical theories; and issues of war and peace. For the second unit, students complete research into the psychology of religion. Both units end with an exam.

At A2 level, students continue philosophising on God’s existence, life after death, religious language, the dependency of morality on religion and ethical theories. The second unit is a study of 3 philosophical texts. Again, both units end with an exam.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grade C or above, including English or English Literature at grade B or above

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nunthorpe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 March 2015

Key information

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