AS and A2 level: Philosophy and Ethics at Casterton College Rutland
Why study Philosophy? Philosophy develops skills that are useful and transferable; all disciplines and professions can benefit from the systematic thought processes and clarity of expression that Philosophy develops.
What will I study? Philosophy studies the nature of reality, the purpose of human existence, the basis of knowledge and the foundation of value. It also enquires into and evaluates methods for addressing such issues. The questions it seeks to answer, and questioning is central to the subject, are thus both diverse and profoundly challenging.
The units include reason and experience, why should I be moral, the idea of God, free will and determinism. Later you study philosophers like Hume, Plato, Mill, Aristotle and Aquinas.
How will I study? Through a variety of class discussions led by subject specialists, critical wider reading, and written work as well as student presentations/seminars. Students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and to value thinking for themselves. There will also be opportunities to attend a number of conferences on specific topics that are relevant to the curriculum.
Progression This is a very broad and intellectually rewarding course which prepares for university study in a range of related areas.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Casterton College Rutland directly.