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Philosophy and Ethics at Teign Academy

Course description

Students study two modules during their AS year. These serve as an introduction to the philosophy of religion and religious ethics. The philosophy module includes a fascinating exploration of our understanding of reality; the nature and existence of God; the problem of evil and the relationship between religion and science with regard to the origin of the universe. The module examines some of the great philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle and Hume and how their ideas compare with the Judaeo – Christian influences in philosophy. Ethics: The second unit is an introduction to Ethics. Students explore and evaluate the ethical approaches of philosophers such as Kant, Bentham and Mill, and compare these with the ethical principles of the Christian religion. They also have the opportunity to apply these approaches to areas such as genetic engineering, abortion, euthanasia, war and peace The A2 course builds on the areas studied at AS level to develop students’ knowledge and understanding to a greater depth. Students again study two modules relating to Philosophy and Ethics. Philosophy This module offers the student the opportunity to explore some of the responses to the ultimate questions which have puzzled and perplexed humankind. Topics include religious experiences, miracles, life after death, the soul, the nature of God and the meaning and interpretation of religious language. Ethics The Ethics module develops the student’s awareness of the nature of the conscience, freewill and determinism, virtue ethics, and meta ethics (what we mean by good, bad, right and wrong). Students then apply their knowledge and understanding, together with the ethical approaches covered in Year 12, to issues relating to business ethics and sexual ethics.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (Grade B or higher in BVC and English is required).

Future opportunities

This course equips students for a vast number of career areas as it develops much sought-after skills. These include: an appreciation of different viewpoints; the ability to evaluate and solve problems; effective communication skills; debating and presenting research. The course also develops a breadth of critical thinking which enhances personal development and an awareness of global issues. Any career which involves working with people in areas such as: the media, medicine, education, psychology, law etc. would benefit from the study of this subject. Universities welcome students with Philosophy and Ethics on to a variety of courses including Humanities, the Arts, Science and Business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years