Philosophy

PSD

PHILOSOPHY AS / A2

COURSE CONTENT

The AS course involves two modules which are examined in the June of Year 12. There is no coursework.
Module 1: Philosophy or Religion. The study of human attempts to explain the idea of God and challenges to those attempts.
Module 2: Applied Ethics. How do we make decisions about right and wrong and how do we apply these ideas to situations such as medical ethics, within business or in spheres of conflict.
The A2 course builds on the modules studied in year 12 and look in greater depth at the following areas:
Module 1: Philosophy of religion. Miracles, Religious Language, Religious Experience, Nature of God, Life after death.
Module 2: Applied Ethics. Virtue Ethics, Free Will and Determinism, Meta-Ethics, Conscience, Environmental Ethics, Business ethics and Sexual ethics.

EXAMINATION

There are examinations for each module at AS and A2. Each exam is 1 hour 30 minutes long and students will be expected to answer between 2 and 4 essay questions.
Examination Board – OCR

WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

This course is suitable for students who are thinking about going to university to study a range of subjects including: History, Law, Philosophy, English, Psychology, Medicine. Students must be confident to write extended essays and evaluate a range of viewpoints. Students will also need to read around the subject in their own time. Therefore, students need to have a good grade in English.

WHAT IS THE COURSE STYLE?

Philosophy is an academic subject which focuses on developing the use of reason and logic in order to ask questions and solve problems. The course focuses on developing key skills of explanatory and discussion based essay writing as well as key critical thinking and reasoning skills. Ethics is a branch of Philosophy which studies the ideas of right and wrong and how we should make those rules which govern right and wrong. The course is in part focussed on practical ethics using contemporary sources.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

95% of our students go on to study at university. They study subjects as diverse as History, Law, Philosophy, English, Psychology and Medicine. Jobs or careers this could lead to: Law, Medicine, Police Force, Armed Forces, Public Relations, Politics, Psychology, Prison Service, Home Office, Social Work, Teaching, Publishing, Journalism, charity work, overseas development, foreign office posts, diplomacy, maths and science.