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Philosophy and Ethics AS Level at Caldew School

Course description

This new AS Level comprises of 3 units which are Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Thoughts. Any student with an inquisitive mind will be stimulated and challenged by the course. Students will gain an insight into significant Philosophical, Ethical and Religious issues whilst their own belief system and thought process will develop in a rewarding way. The subject is highly regarded by Universities and other Undergraduate institutions. Employers recognise the unrivalled opportunities that the course provides young people to develop a broader mind alongside a strong sense of conviction leading to careers in a variety of professions.

Course content

Unit 1 - Philosophy of religion: Learners will study ancient philosophical influences, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and impact of religious experiences, the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil, the nature of the soul, mind and body, and the possibility of life after death.

Unit 2 - Religion and ethics: Learners will study normative ethical theories, the application of ethical theories to two contemporary issues of importance and ethical language and thought.

Unit 3 - Developments in religious thought: Learners will study religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world, sources of religious wisdom and authority, and practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition.


Students will be assessed unit by unit but the assessment method will vary and be catered for individual need. For instance research questions will be given, individual tasks, group tasks, presentations and case studies will be set. The A Level is certified with the OCR examination board and is 100% examination. The AS course is one year in length and is made up of three units are worth 33% each and each exam is 1 hour long. Each paper comprises of four essay questions where two out of the four are chosen. Each essay is worth 30 marks each and will test both AO1 and AO2.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year