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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Cleeve School

Course description

Studying Philosophy and Ethics in the Sixth Form involves asking big questions of yourself, the people around you and the world in which you live. It will challenge the way you think about life, death, the way people behave and how we know what we think we know to be true.

The topics studied in A Level Philosophy include the traditional arguments for and against the existence of God. You will consider whether God can be experienced, and if so, what the purpose of the experience is. For the Ethics component, you will study the theories of major ethical thinkers and apply them to practical topics such as the nature and value of human life, abortion and euthanasia. You will also consider the similarities and differences between humans and animals.

In the second component of the course you will consider religious contemporary issues such as religious pluralism, gender and sexuality and the relationship between religion and science.

Course content

Component 1: Philosophy of religion and ethics.
Section A: Philosophy of religion
Section B: Ethics and religion
Component 2: Study of religion and dialogues
Section A: Study of religion
Section B: The dialogue between philosophy of
religion and religion.
Section C: The dialogue between ethical studies
and religion.
How religion is influenced

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a B at full course RE. If full course RE was not studied at least a grade 5 in English or grade B in another humanities subject is required.


Two 3 hour exams, one for each component.

Future opportunities

Studying Philosophy and Ethics fine tunes your reasoning skills, critical analysis and your ability to understand and explain complex concepts. Law, medicine, politics, the civil service, journalism, advertising, education and any career where you are working with others are just some of the careers where these skills will be highly regarded.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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