Philosophy and Ethics

Course Description 

Studying Philosophy and Religion means being able to encounter two of the most exciting areas open to human beings. It enables us to ask about the most important parts of being human and pose questions like ‘What is the meaning of life?’, ‘Does God exist?’, ‘Is there life after death?’ and ‘Am I real?’ Both disciplines teach a rigorous approach to seeking out the answers. The Department hopes to sow the seeds of critical inquiry through our teaching and encourage students to let no stone go unturned and no assumption go unchallenged in their quest for the right answers.

We are currently using WJEC Examination syllabus which are divided into three parts Religion (Christianity), Philosophy and Ethics. In which case students will study the following units for AS and A2 Religion, Ethics and Philosophy:

AS Level (Year 1)

Unit 1 Introduction to Religion (Christianity):

  • Religious figures and sacred texts (part 1)
  • Religious concepts
  • Religious life
  • Religious practices that shape religious identity (part 1)

Unit 2 Introduction to Religion and Ethics

  • Ethical Themes
  • St Aquinas Natural Law
  • Situation Ethics
  • Utilitarianism

Unit 3 Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

  • Arguments for the existence of God – Inductive
  • Arguments for the existence of God – Deductive
  • Challenges to religious beliefs (part 1) – The problem with evil and suffering
  • Religious experience (part 1)

A2 Level (Year 2)

Unit 3 Study of Religion (Christianity)

  • Religious figures and sacred texts (part 2)
  • Significant historical developments in religious thought
  • Significant social developments in religious thought
  • Religious practices that shape religious identity (part

Unit 4 Religion and Ethics

  • Ethical Thought (part 2)
  • Deontological Ethics
  • Determinism
  • Free will

Unit 5 Philosophy of Religion

  • Challenges to religious beliefs (part 2)
  • Religious experience (part 2)
  • Religious language (part 1)
  • Religious language (part 2)

This course is assessed entirely through examination in May/June.

All students starting their course in year 12 will be assessed at the end of year 13 and gained a full A’ Level grade.

A level students are required to complete 5 hours of private study per week, this is closely monitored with regular folder checks. Students are given support to develop their essay writing skills.

Sociology, English Literature, Government and Politics, History.

Self-understanding and self-development don’t finish when you’re 18! Philosophy at university has everything that philosophy at A level has to offer, but with much more depth and provides an excellent springboard into a variety of careers.

Philosophy can make a significant contribution to any job that requires you to think well, that is clearly and rigorously. Large companies, banks, management consultancies, and chartered accountants – are enthusiastic about people who have studied philosophy, because they know how to think clearly. Philosophy students also go into law, politics, and the civil service. Journalism is a logical career path, since you have to be able to write well and present ideas logically and clearly. Advertising is another choice, as of course is teaching.