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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Archway School

Course description

Philosophy is one of those subjects that will either give you a headache or a real buzz!  The aim of philosophy is to explore  to BIG questions  about  life  and  the  universe  but beware, the answers don’t come easily.  During  this  section  of  the  course  we’ll  be exploring questions such as:

‘Is there a God?’

‘Do miracles really happen?’ ‘Is there life after death?’

‘Why would a good and powerful God allow

evil and suffering in the world?’


Course content

Ethics focuses on the decisions and dilemmas we are all faced with. Just look at the newspapers to see the challenges that we face in the 21st century! But how should we respond to them? What do the terms right and wrong really mean? Is what’s right for me, right for you too? We try to answer these questions and study the attempts of other to do the same.

We also cover a range of applied ethics from sexuality, crime and punishment to war and peace and medical ethics.

Entry requirements

GCSE English C

You should enjoy lively debate and have a desire to embark into the unknown. It doesn’t matter what your personal beliefs are but having an open mind is essential. As the majority of the assessment will be written you should enjoy essay writing and have at least a Grade C in GCSE English. An interest in current affairs and the media will also aid your development.



Unit 1 - Foundations Assessed by exam 1hr 45min.

Unit 2 - Investigations Assessed by exam 1hr 15min.


Unit 3 - Developments Assessed by exam 1hr 45 min.

Unit 4 - Implications Assessed by exam 1hr 15min

Financial information

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available from the Government – to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. Further information regarding eligibility and application forms are available from the sixth form.

Future opportunities

Philosophy is a very popular degree component and compliments any form of logical thinking or literature course. It is particularly useful for law!

Ethics will include a study of theoretical and applied ethics which looks at people and their behaviour; therefore it is a valuable tool for any career that deals with people such as the medical profession, social work or teaching.

Philosophy and Ethics is also useful because it develops skills including research, communication, logical thought and the presentation of ideas. Such skills would be useful for those wishing to enter areas such as journalism, television production, government research agencies, the law or social planning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016
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