Philosophy and Ethics GCE AS Level A2

Philosophy and Ethics GCE AS Level A2 @ Newcastle-under-Lyme College

The benefits of Philosophy are twofold. Firstly, there is the sheer intrinsic interest of the questions you get to study. For example, one student said that compared with some of his other courses doing philosophy was like "being let out of prison!" Secondly there is the training in critical thinking that philosophy imparts. You learn how to think rigorously and assess the strengths of arguments for and against the different views you encounter. This is a skill that has incalculable benefits and will carry across into all areas of life, including the workplace. You will be actively engaged in a broad variety of learning strategies including: debates, reading, written work, games and online forums.

This EDEXCEL course in Philosophy and Ethics will offer the enquiring student an opportunity to investigate the underlying ideas and assumptions that shape our society. Such study often provides illuminating insights into many of today's dilemmas such as nuclear deterrence, the existence of God, the problem of evil and many more fundamental questions.

Employers and institutions of Higher Education recognise AS/A Level Philosophy and Ethics as a challenging and worthwhile academic subject in its own right and a suitable springboard to a wide range of degree courses and careers.

The A Level (Edexcel syllabus) is comprised of a number of modules in Philosophy and Ethics. Both are assessed under exam conditions in the summer.

Year 1:

Unit 1

Philosophy of Religion

•Philosophical arguments for the existence of God

•The problem of evil and suffering

•Philosophical debate about miracles


•Ethical theories 1

•War & Peace

•Sexual Ethics

Unit 2

Investigation of existentialism's contribution to the Philosophy of Religion focused around key questions: Why be moral? What is a good life? How should we live?

Year 2:

Unit 3

Philosophy of Religion

•The existence of God

•Beliefs about life and death

•Religious language

Religious Ethics