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Philosophy and Ethics A-Level at Sir William Ramsay School

Course description

Philosophy & Ethics is a fascinating subject which appeals to anyone with an interest in ancient and modern beliefs. The course builds on knowledge, understanding and skills gained from GCSE Religious Studies but it is open to everyone on an AS level programme as no specialist knowledge is required.

Course content

The AS level qualification is a one-year course divided into 2 units of work covering different themes. The units are assessed by exams in June of Year 12. Students who wish to achieve a full A level qualification will progress into the second year of the course and study two A2 level units chosen from a range of options.

AS Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion

Ancient Greek Influences on Philosophy of Religion; JudaeoChristian Influences on Philosophy of Religion; Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God; Challenges to Religious Belief.

AS Unit 2: Religious Ethics

Ethical Theories; Applied Ethics Topic

A2 Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion

Religious Language; Experience and Religion; Nature of God; Life and Death; Miracle

A2 Unit 2: Religious Ethics

Meta-ethics; Free Will and Determinism; Conscience; Virtue Ethics; Applied Ethics Topics

Entry requirements

Students wishing to join the Philosophy and Ethics group will normally have achieved at least 5 higher grade GCSEs including grade C in English and grade C in GCSE Philosophy and Ethics. They should also have enquiring minds, enjoy reading & researching and be able to communicate fluently in spoken and written English.

Future opportunities

Philosophy & Ethics involves the study of a wide range of beliefs and issues and helps students to develop academic and intellectual skills which serve as valuable preparation for Further or Higher Education study or the world of work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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