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Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics) A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Philosophy & Ethics?
Are there absolute standards of right and wrong? Should we aim to ensure the ‘greatest happiness for the greatest number’? Does the existence of suffering show that there is no God? Have religious beliefs been undermined by science? In the Ethics and Philosophy course you’ll look at many fascinating religious and ethical debates. The course involves interpreting and analysing theories ithin the  Western philosophical tradition, including ideas from Plato, Aristotle, Hume and Kant.

The course deals with the big questions in life and gets to grips with what people believe and what makes them act as they do. This subject will appeal to you if you are enthusiastic and thoughtful enough to want to understand the deeply held convictions of others and to examine your own prejudices, assumptions and beliefs.

Studying philosophy and ethics will help you think in a different way as well as research and write about a topic thoroughly. Your opinions will be challenged in lively classroom discussion as you are led through the maze of dilemmas. This subject encourages you to think for yourself!

What will I study?
Unit 1 - Religion and ethics
Unit 2 - World religions
Unit 3 - Studies in religion
Unit 4 - Religion and human experience

What can I study it with?
Philosophy and Ethics is a subject that strongly complements many subjects offered in the Sixth Form including Law, Politics, History, Sociology, English Literature and Biology.

Career opportunities
The course helps you develop your analytical, research and critical thinking skills; as such it prepares you for a wide range of university courses, including PPE, philosophy, politics, religion, theology and ethics. Thinking is a vocational skill and philosophy and ethics graduates are extremely marketable in a wide variety of fields such as law, journalism and public services.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September