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A Level

Two Years


GCSE English at Grade 5 or above with an average points score of 4.6 or above


This course is assessed by exams.

About this course

Philosophy and Ethics (RS) deals with the big issues in life. What happens when we die? Does God exist? Is it ever right to kill? What role does morality have in modern society? Studying and discussing these issues will enable you to improve your thinking skills and ability to develop an argument. You will learn to consider issues and understand how key ideas have developed through the work of philosophers past and present to recognise their influence on society today in areas such as human rights, law, politics, and international relations. You can complement your studies by taking part in debates, our annual lecture series with Dr Peter Vardy, a wide range of speakers, trips and clubs that the department offers.

Two John Leggott College Philosophy and Ethics A Level students in their classroom engaging in lesson


Ivan Tomb

Who is this aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Enjoy discussing contemporary moral and political issues

  • Have an interest in social issues and social problems

  • Enjoy studying issues relevant to their own lives and experiences

  • Llike airing their views, but are also willing to listen to others

  • Would like to know more about this country, it's religions and other societies

  • Would like to know how our beliefs are affected by people around us

  • Would like to progress to Higher Education to study a degree in Philosophy, Ethics, Law or Politics

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by exams. You will explore arguments for the existence of God and psychological challenges from Freud and Jung. You will look at issues surrounding life after death, evil and suffering, and religious and ethical language. Our students also cover topics including but not limited to: gender, sexuality, pluralism, religion and science, war and medical ethics in depth, and look closely at ethical theories around animal rights, meta ethics, free will and responsibility, including the work of theorists such as Bentham and Kant.

What skills will you develop?

  • Critical Thinking 

  • Analysis

  • Written and Verbal Literacy 

  • Meeting Deadlines 

  • Self Confidence 

  • Resilience 

  • Practice 

  • Time Management

  • Research

Professional development

  • Teaching

  • Charity Work

  • Research

  • University Teaching

  • PhD

  • Activism

  • Law, particularly Human Rights

  • UN work

  • Journalism

  • Civil Service

  • Council

  • Regional Government

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