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R.E. Philosophy and Ethics

Course Details
Dept - Religious Studies
Type of Qualifcation - AS / A2
Exam Board - Eduqas

Additional Entry Requirements -
Minimum Grade 5 in RE and English GCSE

Course Content
Knowledge and understanding of:
• The key concepts of Philosophy & Ethics
• The contribution of significant people, movements and traditions including how people decide right from wrong when they don´t believe in God, why religious people disagree about which actions are good. In Philosophy we look at two arguments for the existence of God and two ideas which call into question the nature and existence of God.
• Philosophical and ethical language and terminology
• Practical ethical issues from medical ethics including genetic engineering, euthanasia and savior siblings.

Students will develop the following skills
• Identify, investigate and analyse questions arising from the study of Philosophy & Ethics
• Interpret and evaluate concepts, issues, ideas , the relevance of arguments and the views of scholars
• Communicate using reasoned arguments substantiated by evidence.
Style of Assessment
Assessment by examination: Foundations unit – 1hour 30 examination
Investigations – 1 hour 15 examination based on materials previously researched.
Whose kind of course?
Those who follow an A/S course in Philosophy & Ethics work in industry, government, and education. They become lawyers, doctors, administrators, teachers, diplomats, journalists, consultants, stockbrokers, bankers, and managers. They are accepted and respected in all professional schools, especially law and medicine, and welcomed into management training programs.

Additionally anyone who is reading for any other humanities based A Level subjects and wishes to improve their skills of analysis and evaluation might find this course particularly useful.

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*
• Lectures online from leader Philosophers.
• Philosophy & Ethics Student Conference.
• Additional tutorial support within SPH Sixth Form.
Career Prospects
Law, Government and politics, Medical School, Media, Business and enterprise, journalism, teaching and lecturing