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IB Philosophy at King Ethelbert School

Course description

Philosophy is a systematic critical inquiry into profound, fascinating and challenging questions, such as what does it mean to be human? Do we have free will? What do we mean when we say something is right or wrong? These abstract questions arise out of our everyday experiences, and philosophical tools such as critical and systematic thinking. Studying philosophy provides an opportunity for students to engage with some of the world’s most interesting and influential thinkers. 

Course content

Units covered include:  

Unit 1 : Human Nature / Identity / Freedom  / Personhood /The self & the other              / Mind & Body

Unit 2: Normative Ethics / Meta-ethics / Applied Ethics

Unit 3: Plato - The Republic / Nietzsche - The Genealogy of Morals

Unit 4: Philosophical analysis of a non philosophical stimulus 

Entry requirements

5 A* - C at GCSE

Preferably a C or above in Philosophy & Ethics GCSE


3 externally assessed exams on 3 separate units  (75%)

1 piece of Internally assessed coursework (25%) 

How to apply

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Last updated date: 30 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years