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Philosophy, Ethics & Buddhism A Level at Writhlington School

Course description

Two year A level course studying Philosophy of Religion (Philosophy = the study of ideas) and Ethics (beliefs about right and wrong) and the study of one religion (Buddhism).

Tackle some of life‟s most interesting “Big Questions”: - Is God real, and how can we tell? What might God be like? - Are the soul and the afterlife real? What about miracles? - How can we be sure what right and wrong are? And what does it mean to be a good person? -  Do we have a responsibility to care for the environment? - Is War ever justified? - What makes a relationship ethical?

Course content

Year 12 - Philosophy: The design argument, The cosmological argument, Ontological argument, The problem of evil and religious experience. Ethics: Situation ethics, Utilitarianism, Natural law, Equality, Environmental ethics, Sexual ethics and peace and conflict. Buddhism: The Teachings of the Buddha including the 4 noble truths, 8 fold path, three poisons, 5 aggregates, 3 marks of existence and the life of the Buddha himself.

Year 13 - Philosophy: Philosophy of language, Life after death, the soul and science and religion. Ethics: Ethical language, Deontology and medical ethics Buddhism: Types of Buddhism, Meditation, Gender and Buddhism and contemporary Buddhism.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE Grade 6 to 9 including Maths. Students require a GCSE Grade 6 in English and Philosophy & Belief.


At the end of Year 12 you will sit end of year exams, these will not count towards your final results. There are three final written examinations at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Law, political science, bioethics, teaching and lecturing, social work, care work.

Further information

Talks from various religious leaders including a Buddhist Monk.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Writhlington School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2017

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