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Philosophy & Ethics A Level at Haggerston School

Course description

One of the most frequently asked questions is “what is philosophy?” In short it is the study of knowledge, reality and existence itself. Students of philosophy become acclimatised to questioning everything and rarely accepting anything as actual truth without qualification. A-level Philosophy and ethics is designed to encourage an interest in and enthusiasm for a rigorous study of religion and religious concepts. Students will be provided with an insight into areas of knowledge, belief and thought central to an understanding of the modern world. Through a study of philosophy, ethics and the world’s major religions, students will gain a range of knowledge and skills that will help them make sense of contemporary events. Choosing Philosophy/Ethics as your subject will prepare you for the kind of careful thinking, critical analysis, and persuasive writing that is critical in many different areas of work and further study.

Course content

Ethics. What is the nature of the good, and how should we act?

Metaphysics. What is the nature of reality? Does God exist, or free will, or a mindindependent world?

 • Epistemology. What is knowledge, and what distinguishes it from mere belief or opinion?

Politics and Law. How should society be organized? What is the nature and aim of law?

Science. What is science, and what makes it successful? What concepts and methods make science work?

 A-Level philosophy and Ethics Consists of three written exams:

Paper 1- The philosophy of Religion

Paper 2- Religious Ethics

Paper 3- The Study of a major world faith

Entry requirements

6 GCSEs at grade A*-C including a C grade in English and at least two B grades

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2016
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Key information

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