AS: Philosophy & Ethics and A2: Philosophy & Theology


This subject provides you with life skills as well as academic skills. It shows you understand the world, life and people – every job needs this. Furthermore, it gives meaning, purpose and understanding to life. The course covers moral issues in the light of different religious, agnostic and atheistic viewpoints, and allows you to acquire and develop skills that universities and employers look for.

Course Outline

AS Philosophy & Ethics is a one year course that consists of two units: Unit 1 - Philosophy of Religion and the Study of Ethics, and Unit 2 - Medical Ethics.

A2 Philosophy & Theology is a further one year course that incorporates Unit 3 - Philosophy and New Testament Theology, and Unit 4 - Theological Implications on the World and Humanity.


No Coursework.
Examination (100%) –

AS: One examination on the topics covered in the Philosophy & Ethics units (1hr 45mins) and one examination on the in-depth Medical Ethics study (1 hr 15 mins).

A2: One examination (1hr 45mins) covering Philosophy & New Testament Theology and one Anthology examination (1hr 15 mins).

Examining Board


Special Entry Requirements

A GCSE grade C or above in Philosophy & Ethics/R.S. (or English Language if P&E/R.S. was not chosen as a GCSE option).

Career Opportunities

The skills and knowledge you obtain will set you apart from the crowd when you apply for higher education or employment. It shows you are a well-rounded individual. This subject can lead to a career in:

Law, Counselling, Teaching and/or Lecturing, Criminology, Medicine, Child/Adult Psychology, Social Services, Police Force, Management and Business and many more.

Teaching Methods

Each fortnight you will be timetabled eight periods of 60 minutes each. These are used as follows: three of these lessons will be given over to the study of Philosophy, and the other five to the study of Ethics and then Theology. The methods used in lessons range from lecture sessions, to independent research projects, from class discussion to paired presentations, and group games/quizzes.

Other information

This course aims to cultivate:

* advanced thinking skills when solving moral and ethical problems.

* the capability to understand and communicate with a wide-range of people in a professional, empathetic and sympathetic way.

* the ability to research the issues of the day, evaluate them and then give your own opinion on them.

* an understanding of how religion and beliefs affects our society and worldwide events.

* the ability to present a balanced argument using evidence to support different viewpoints, as well as your own.

* advanced written and verbal communication.

* the capability of working with and learning from others.

* an understanding of the mind, society, the world and spiritual aspects of human kind.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (