The course will enable students to develop an understand of Philosophical issues and ethical theories as applied to modern debates and is suitable for students who enjoy questioning the bigger picture and are able to critically discuss issues such as abortion, euthanasia, whether God exists and why bad things happen. ‘Philosophy & Ethics’ includes some aspects of Religion as we dip into the 6 major world religions to see their view points on the topics covered. We will also be looking at scholars from across the ages in Philosophy and their contribution to key philosophical arguments. In general students studying this course will have an interest in Philosophy and ethical issues, be prepared to discuss them critically and objectively. Skills that will be developed include objectivity, discussion, fluency of writing, independent working and reading. Themes and topics covered in this course: Ancient Greek Philosophy, traditional arguments for the existence of God, Problem of Evil, Religion vs. Science, various ethical theories, abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering and war & peace
Most subjects link particularly well with this course since the skills you will acquire are fundamental to studying – clear writing, organization, time management, discussion, etc. You are expected to work hard but in an enjoyable atmosphere. You are not expected to have studied this subject at GCSE. There may be opportunities to go to national study conferences as part of the course.
Students who are successful at AS-Level may wish to complete an additional year to achieve the A-Level qualifications from which higher study perhaps at degree level in this or a related area is a possibility. As part of a wider programme the course provides an excellent basis for progression to any career or university course. Religious Studies will support a career in a wide range of areas, including politics, health care, law journalism, and teaching. The skills developed in this course are particularly valued by universities