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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Arnold Hill Academy

Course description

Why study this course?

A Level Philosophy and Ethics contains three elements, each assessed by examination at the end of a two year study. The elements are as follows:

Philosophy: Ancient Philosophy; Body, Soul and Mind; Life after Death; Religious Experiences and Miracles; Arguments for and Against the Existence of God; The Problem of Evil; Is it meaningful to talk about God? (Religious Language)

Ethics: Ethical Theories; Applied Ethics (Euthanasia, Relationships); Meta-Ethics; The Free Will Debate; Ethics and Religion

A study into world theologies: Analysing Scripture; Practices; The Meaning and Purpose of Life; The “Self”; The Concept of Immortality; Is it possible to ‘know” God?’; Pluralism; Religion and Gender in the 21st Century.

What support and enrichment will I get?

The department has a history of going to Debate Conferences and getting professors from Universities into school to hold seminars and workshops. Extra-curricular opportunities are available with the Debate Club run in the Humanities department and will support studies further. Debate Club is run by Sixth Form students and can be used to support a personal statement for University.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard entry requirements for the Sixth Form, it is recommended you should have gained at least a GCSE grade 5 in English and a minimum grade C in another Humanities subject.

Future opportunities

A Level Philosophy and Ethics is an excellent grounding for a degree in Philosophy, Theology and branches into other disciplines such as Law, Sociology, History, Physics and Mathematics. Employers recognise that an A Level in Philosophy and Ethics means you are able to think independently, you are ready for challenges and you can think ‘outside the box’; useful in jobs such as Journalism, Medicine and Law. Within this subject you are able to show that you can recognise multiple points of view against your own; a skill highly appreciated in Social Work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years