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Ethics & Philosophy A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

Philosophy literally means ‘the love of wisdom’, so it is concerned with the study of knowledge. The aim of philosophy is to search for the truth by asking the right questions and by formulating logical arguments. As there are no simple answers, it is an intellectually challenging subject. Ethics is the study of how humans make moral decisions and the reasons we give for our decisions. It examines whether morality is relative and so changes according to time, place or culture or whether it is absolute and certain actions are intrinsically good or bad.
Development in religious thought helps us to analyse and evaluate religious beliefs, values and teachings in the contemporary world. This subject develops the skills of reasoning and logical thought, analysis and evaluation and literacy. Specifications are awaiting approval and so there may be some changes made to courses.

Entry requirements

Ideally a GCSE grade B in English Language and C in English Literature


Philosophy of religion - Weighting 33.3% of A-Level,120 marks 2 hour written paper
Content:- Ancient philosophical influences
- Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
- The nature and impact of religious experience
- The problem of evil
- The nature of the soul, mind and body
- The possibility of life after death
- Ideas about the nature of God
- Issues in religious language
Religion & Ethics - Weighting 33.3% of A-Level, 120 marks 2 hour written paper
Content:- The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues
- Ethical language and thought -
Debates surrounding the conscience and free will
Development in religious thought - Weighting 33.3% of
A-Level, 120 marks 2 hour written paper
Content:- Sources of religious wisdom and authority
- Practices which shape & express religious identity
- Social & historical developments in theology and religious thought
- The relationship between religion and society

Future opportunities

Many graduates of philosophy who are asked ‘What can you do with a philosophy degree?’ respond with ‘What can’t I do with a philosophy degree?’
Philosophy is an acceptable A level for most degrees. Students who go on to read Theology, Religious Studies or Philosophy at degree level often enter careers like teaching, the police, and the armed forces. Not surprisingly, many of our students pursue caring professions in medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.