Philosophy & Ethics ‘A’ Level at University Church of England Academy
Philosophy and Ethics is an interesting and challenging A level that builds on GCSE Religious
Studies. It asks questions about the existence of God based on design and cosmology; the
question of why there is evil and suffering in the world and the place of the miraculous in the
21st century. Ethics is a branch of Philosophy which asks questions about the morality of war,
sexuality and how moral decisions are made in society.
The following topics are studied in Unit 1 Foundations: A study of philosophical arguments
about the existence of God including the design and cosmological argument; Evil and suffering;
a study of philosophical debates about miracles; the relationship between religion & morality.
In Ethics the following are studied: ethical theories including utilitarianism (greatest happiness
for the greatest number); situation ethics (love is the guiding principle in morality); a study of
ethical dilemmas including issues of war & peace and sexual ethics.
Unit 2 is Investigations which is an enquiry into a topic such as medical ethics. This requires
individual research into the topic of interest and is externally assessed (1 hour 15 minutes). Both
units (Foundations and Investigations) are 50% of the total ‘A’ Level.
5 A* to C including English and Maths. You need to achieve a B grade or better at GCSE Reli-gious Studies or English (if RE has not been studied) & a passion for questioning and challenge.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Church of England Academy directly.