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Philosophy and Ethics at Dyson Perrins CofE Academy

Course description

Have you ever wondered why we are here, what our purpose and value is then this is the subject for you. Philosophy and Ethics provides an essential component in any sound, general education in two ways - by means of the understanding it provides of various philosophical matters and by means of the general intellectual skills in logic, the use of language, and the assessment of evidence it inculcates. Not only does philosophy provide an understanding of a wide range of matters, but the matters dealt with are important and exciting. Consider: Is human reason fallible? Does morality rest on arbitary foundations? Is there such a being as God? Philosophy and Ethics deals professionally with logic, the use of language, and the assessment of evidence. As a result, this discipline is an especially valuable training ground for the intellect.

AS Level:
Philosophy: Does God exist? Philosophical arguments for the existence of God including Design and Cosmological. The problem of evil – How can an all loving God allow evil and suffering to exist? Ethics: A study of ethical concepts: The relationship between religion and morality, Utilitarianism, Situation ethics. A study of ethical dilemmas: Issues of war and peace, Sexual ethics. Controlled assessment: This allows the students to independently research a topic of interest to them such as Genetic engineering, equality or religious experiences.

A2 Level:
Philosophy: Religious language, is there life aſter death?Religious experiences and the Ontological argument. Ethics: A study of ethical concepts: Critiques of the relationship between religion and morality Deontology, natural moral law, virtue ethics — key concepts, strengths and weaknesses. A study of selected problems in ethics:Meaning and definition of ethical terms with reference to ‘is/ought’ and debates about ‘good’, emotivism Objectivity, relativism, subjectivism Justice, law and punishment.

Entry requirements

GCSE in RE is not necessary, but if you have taken the RE GCSE then a C grade would be required. A C grade or above in GCSE English is also preferable due to the fact that this course is a written examination and requires excellent communication skills. Other than these, an inquisitive mind, a willingness to read and an ability to form justified conclusions are all that are required to enjoy AS/A2 Philosophy and Ethics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dyson Perrins CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years