What does the course involve?

In this tripartite course you will firstly engage in a study of the philosophical method, how to argue and how to evaluate other arguments. We will focus on the central questions of human existence, why is there something rather than nothing? Does God exist? Why does evil exist? We will consider the classical arguments for the existence of God such as the ontological, cosmological and teleological arguments. In response, we consider the challenges to these arguments especially focusing on the problem of evil, study of the mind, religious experience and atheism.
Alongside Philosophy we also study Ethics, which focuses on questions of morality. What is good? Is there an objective set of moral values? Or is all morality relative? To help us answer these questions we will study ethical language and ethical theories including Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Natural Law theory and Virtue Ethics.
In the third section of this course we will study the modern day application of Religion through religious figures and sacred texts, significant social and historical developments in religious thought, religious practices and religious identity.

How will you learn?

There will be a significant emphasis on guided independent study and we will expect our students at the end of the course to be confident in directing their own learning. During class lessons there will be discussions and guided learning. All teaching materials and some pieces of extra reading will be available to access online. As you would expect there will be a requirement for students to produce essays, but significant help will be given and dates known well in advance. This course will thoroughly prepare learners for life beyond school at university or in the world of work. We have negotiated a reduced rate private membership package to Sarum College Library on behalf of our students.

What exams and coursework are involved?

Students will take three exams at the end of the final year. Each exam will give you a selection of questions of which you will choose two, and these will all be essay style questions.

What are the entry requirements?

Grade B or above at Short or Long course GCSE Religious Studies (or another Humanities subject if Religious Studies was not taken at GCSE).

What could you do after completing the course?
Studying Philosophy helps students develop a range of key skills including the ability to think clearly and critically, analyse arguments and present ideas logically and persuasively. As well as giving an excellent foundation for those intending to apply for Philosophy at university, the course will be a useful addition for a wide range of other Higher Education courses - Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Students including Philosophy in their A level choices have successfully secured places on courses at top universities including Medicine, Law, PPE, History, Mathematics, Theology, Art, Music and English Literature, to name a few.

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