A-Level Philosophy and Ethics

Exam Board: Eduqas

In Year 12 you will complete an in-depth theological study of sacred texts, considering such questions as ‘Does the Bible still have authority in today’s society?’ and ‘Did the virgin birth really take place?’

You will also explore various philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God, including the issue of ‘Why would an all-loving God allow evil and suffering to take place?’

In addition to this you will look at different responses to moral decision-making and explore such questions as ‘Do we need God to be good?’, ‘Does what is right always depend on the situation?’ and ‘Do we have an innate sense of right and wrong?’, before linking these moral questions to the ethical issues of abortion and euthanasia.

In Year 13 you will explore how religion impacts the lives of believers and examine the conflicting religious and non-religious views that exist within the UK, including the questions ‘Can the UK still be called a Christian country?’ and ‘What purpose does religion serve?’. 

You will also examine religious experiences such as visions, miracles and mysticism, to answer the question ‘Do miracles happen today?’ and explore their significance for religious believers. 

In addition you will have the opportunity to explore ethical theories such as Utilitarianism and Situation Ethics where we will tackle such questions as ‘Is it possible to measure pleasure?’ and ‘Is it ethical to torture someone if it results in saving the lives of others?’.

Assessment

100% examination

Requirements

General college entry requirements plus a grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language.

Where can it lead?

Many students go on to study Humanities subjects at university including Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy. The course is also particularly useful for those who wish to study Social Anthropology, Politics, History, International Relations, Business Studies, Education and Journalism.

Students from Toot Hill have gone on to study a wide range of subjects and universities accept Philosophy and Ethics as an A-Level subject for a wide variety of courses.

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