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Philosophy and Ethics at Sleaford Joint Sixth form

Course description

Course Content

AS - YEAR 12

All students follow the OCR Religious Studies (Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics) AS course assessed by a 1 1/2 hour written examination for each unit. They will cover the following 2 units:

aS level philosophy: An introduction to the philosophical ideas of two great philosophers, Aristotle and Plato, the traditional arguments for God’s existence; the challenges of evil (If God is good, why evil?) and science (Are science and religion compatible?) to religious belief.

aS level ethics: The ethical theories of Natural Law, Utilitarianism and Kant; absolute and relative morality (Is cannibalism OK in Timbuktu?); medical ethics (abortion, genetic engineering, rights of the unborn, euthanasia), and War and Peace (was the Second World War a ‘Just War’?).

A2 - YEAR 13

Those who decide to follow the A2 course study a further two units for four periods a week and assessed by a 1 1/2 hour written examination for each unit. a2 level philosophy: The distinction between mind, body and soul; immortality (Is life after death philosophically possible?); religious experience; miracle and religious language (Is God talk meaningless?).

A2 level ethic: A study of the use of ethical language such as ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘right’, ‘wrong’ etc; the role of conscience; Free-will, determinism and responsibility (Is an action ever free?); Virtue Ethics; ethics in relation to the environment, business and sex and relationships. Connections: Throughout Year 13 students will be encouraged to develop their understanding of the connections between the two units.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for level 3 programmes. A grade B in English Language is recommended.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sleaford Joint Sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years