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Philosophy and Ethics A-level

Explore and discuss the big questions in life with a Philosophy and Ethics A-level. As well as gaining an understanding of the human condition you get learn how to defend a point of view using clear logical persuasive argument.

What do I learn?
If you like discussing the ‘big questions’ in life, you will enjoy this course.

You follow the EdExcel specification.

First year (AS)
• Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics: arguments for and against the existence of God. Ethical theory and issues in applied ethics: the ethics of war and sexual ethics.
• Unit 2: Investigations. An in-depth study of existentialist philosophy.

Second year (A2)
• Unit 3: Developments: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics: further work on arguments for and against God, and life after death; further work on ethical theory; applications to justice and punishment.
• Unit 4: Implications – study of 3 short set texts relating to ethics.

You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance between challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs.

Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

Formal assessment is through examinations and, in some subjects, through coursework. The examination periods are in May/June. There are a range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback.
What do I gain?
You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.

You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.
What do I need?
6 x Grade C at GCSE, including English and maths.
What do I gain?
With three A-levels you can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level.
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