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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Hitchin Boys' School

Course description

The aims of this course are to encourage you to identify fundamental questions of human existence and to explore such questions within the context of a religious tradition.

The AS Philosophy unit entitled Philosophy & Religion will cover Ancient Greek Philosophers, specifically focusing on Plato and Aristotle; nature of God in Judeo-Christian tradition; arguments for the existence of God and Religion and Science. In the AS Ethics unit, you will study ethical theories (Kant, Utilitarianism, Absolutism, Relativism, Situation Ethics, Natural Law) and Applied Ethics topics (abortion, euthanasia, fertility treatment, war and peace).

At A2 the Philosophy & Religion unit will cover, Religious language; Experience and religion; Nature of God; Life and death and Miracles. For A2 Ethics unit you will be studying Metaethics, free will and determinism, conscience, virtue ethics and applied ethics topics including, business and environmental ethics and sexual ethics. All four units are assessed by written examination.

Philosophy and Ethics is a highly respected qualification that leads into a wide range of university qualifications and careers that require good verbal and reasoning skills such as journalism, law, medicine and politics as well as careers that involve a good understanding of people such as nursing, psychology, social work, teaching and police work to name just a few.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English, for an advanced level or Level 3 course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hitchin Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

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

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