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A Level Religious Studies at Villiers High School

Course description

What are Philosophy and Ethics? Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions, such as 'what is reality?', 'how can we know things with any certainty?', 'Can the existence of God be proven?' and 'why is there evil and suffering in the world?' Students learn about some of the philosophical answers to these questions as well as learning to think for themselves. Ethics concerns issues of right and wrong. While we all have a feeling of when something is right or wrong we don't necessarily think about why this is the case. This subject allows students to explore a variety of ethical theories and test those theories against each other and against their own moral instincts. What will I study in this course? The Philosophy course begins with an introduction to the philosophy of the ancient Greeks and an investigation of the Judaeo-Christian tradition. It then progresses to arguments for the existence of God and an investigation of challenges to religious belief. In year thirteen students learn about the philosophy of language, the meaning of revelation, the mind-body distinction and the possibility of life after death. The Ethics course begins with an investigation of ethical theories: natural law, Kantian ethics, utilitarianism and religious ethics. Students then begin to apply these theories to real-life situations like abortions, euthanasia, genetic engineering and war & peace. In year thirteen students deepen their understanding by investigating meta-ethics, the conscience and free will and determinism.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 A* to Cs

Future opportunities

Why should I consider A Level Philosophy and Ethics? Firstly, A-level Philosophy and Ethics is an interesting course that helps you to think deeply about the world around us and our place in it. Secondly, this is a respected academic subject that will help you develop your thinking skills and self-expression. Finally this subject will help you get into a good University course and will equip you with the skills you need once you arrive there. The study of Philosophy and Ethics lends itself to careers in Law, Politics, Academia and Science.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years