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A Level Philosophy and Ethics at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

You will cover topics such as philosophical arguments about God’s existence, ethical concepts and dilemmas, modern philosophy of religion, modern moral philosophy, ethical theories that assess human behaviour, sexual ethics and the psychology behind the decisions we make as people.

Course content

Unit 1

  • Philosophical arguments about God’s existence
  • Problems in the philosophy of religion – suffering and God, miracles – do they happen?
  • Ethical concepts (morality)
  • Ethical dilemmas (war/sexuality)
  • Ethical theories (situation ethics, utilitarianism)
    Ethical theories

Unit 2

  • Medical ethics, e.g. euthanasia, abortion, fertility treatments, to name just a few

Unit 3

  • Religious experience
  • Ontological theory
  • Psychology/Sociology of religion
  • Ethical and religious language
  • Life after death
  • Non existence of God critiques
  • Natural/moral law, virtue ethics
  • Objectivism, relativism

Unit 4

  • Religious language, experience
  • Modern philosophy of religion
  • Method and moral theory
  • Personal relationships
  • Modern moral philosophy


Entry requirements

You will need 5 A*-C GCSEs.


AS Level – EDEXCEL 8560          A Level – EDEXCEL 9560

Two examinations – 1 hr 45 minutes

a) On Philosophy and ethics and

b) On Medical ethics.

Future opportunities

There are a variety of careers that this A Level can help with, including Medicine, Social Work, Law, diplomacy, religious vocations and any job involving high levels of human communication, especially with a multi-cultural focus, or if working with people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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