The A Level course is open to students with an interest in people, cultures and beliefs, who would like to learn more about Philosophy and Ethics. In the Sixth Form Religious Studies focuses on arguments about the existence of God, ethical issues and Christian theology.
The Lower Sixth is an exciting year, which combines philosophical study of the Design Argument and the Problem of Evil, with an in-depth study of ethical theory through an analysis of Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism.
In the Upper Sixth students explore philosophical works and scholars in greater depth. Deontological theories are examined and discussed. Applied ethics at this level focuses on the concept of justice, both criminal and social. An in-depth understanding of Christian theology will be developed and discussed in the context of the philosophy and ethics studied earlier in the course.
On completion of the course, not only will students' academic understanding of the history of philosophy be enhanced, but their working use of logic and argument will be developed. Essay writing skills and written communication will help those looking to study humanities subjects at university level. Those with an interest in studying Law benefit from the study of justice in the Upper Sixth and those with an interest in studying Medicine particularly benefit from the medical ethics assessed in the Lower Sixth.