Philosophy, Ethics and Theology

What is Philosophy, Ethics and Theology?

Philosophy is the study of knowledge, reality and existence. The word means to cultivate the love of wisdom and in this part of the course we study topics such as Ancient Greek influences and Soul, Mind and Body. Ethics is the branch of philosophy that questions what is morally right; the study of ethics requires you to decide what the right course of action is in any given situation, and then justify that decision. Theology is the study of the nature of God and you will have the opportunity to explore what key thinkers have proposed on issues such as life after death, sex and what it means to know.

Why study this course?

Philosophy, Ethics and Theology involves wrestling with the big questions in life and formulating reasoned arguments in response. What you will learn will extend beyond the classroom and can be applied to every area of your life and the wider world around you. The critical thinking that is demanded of has relevance to every other possible subject!

How is the course assessed?

We teach the OCR specification

AS: Three exams at the end of Year 12 (one for each paper)

A Level: Three exams at the end of Year 13 (one for each paper)

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for anyone who likes to ask big questions, and who enjoys debating and discussing. Students will have plenty of opportunities to read, research, present their own opinions, write essays and develop their logical reasoning. You will need to be prepared to question what we accept to be true and real, and think more broadly about the wider world around you.

Progression options

An A Level in Philosophy, Ethics and Theology is highly regarded by universities. Not only will it enable you to improve your essay writing, but you will also develop skills of critical evaluation, logical thinking and problem solving. These would prove useful in a wide number of fields, and graduates with a qualification in Philosophy, Ethics and Theology have gone on to work in law, civil service, politics, medicine, social services, advertising and charity work to name but a few.