Philosophy & Ethics

Why study Philosophy and Ethics?

We Ask the Questions Other Subjects Don’t Dare to Ask!

All aspects taught in this subject affect all humans, whether you are a religious believer or not! Science seems to be able to explain some things that are happening in the world, but cannot always tell us why. Philosophy and Ethics explores the meaning of being human, our morals and why we are even here! Such subjects are always in the headlines, for good and bad reasons! Join us to explore the fundamentals of life!

Assessment Overview

Component titleContent overview
Exam 1:Philosophy of Religion Learners will study:Ancient philosophical influencesNature of soul, mind and bodyArguments about the existence or non-existence of GodThe nature and impact of religious experienceThe challenge for religious belief of the problem of evilIdeas about the nature of GodIssues in religious language
Exam 2:Religion and EthicsLearners will study:Normative ethical theoriesThe application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importanceEthical language and thoughtDebates surrounding the significant ideas of conscienceSexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs 
Exam 3: Development in Religious ThoughtLearners will study:Christianity or Islam 

Entry Requirements:

Grade 5 or above in RE (or Humanities) GCSE

Why Study Philosophy and Ethics at Stepney Green College?

  • We offer a varied range of teaching techniques.
  • Supportive members of the department who tailor teaching to your needs.
  • In depth, detailed, meaningful feedback is given on a regular basis to help support you with class work and essay/exam writing.
  • All teachers have specialised in Philosophy and Ethics.
  • Discussion is key in our lessons.

A level in Philosophy and Ethics Opens Doors…

Transferable skills:

  • Self-motivation and capacity for independent thought and study
  • Creativity
  • Team working
  • Capacity to identify then absorb and sift complex information
  • Confidence

Jobs Where Your A Level Would Be Useful Include:  

  • Barrister
  • Lawyer
  • Civil Service fast streamer
  • Health service manager
  • Local government officer                                                                                         
  • Marketing executive
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Paralegal
  • Psychotherapist
  • Solicitor
  • Stockbroker

Typical Employers Include:

  • local government and the Civil Service
  • advertising, marketing and public relations agencies
  • management consultancies
  • secondary schools, further education colleges and higher education institutions
  • law firms
  • publishing companies
  • charities
  • banking and insurance companies
  • accountancy firms
  • recruitment agencies

Wondering How Philosophy and Ethics Can Help You Pursue a Career in Medicine?   

  • MMI interviews, BMAT and UUKCAT requires you to respond to ethical scenarios- you will be learning about topics such as abortion and euthanasia.
  • The subject helps to build you confidence in leading challenging and difficult discussions that are sensitive, where risks need to be evaluated and weighed up.
  • Empathy is one of the requirements for this career and this is practiced on a regular basis within discussions in class.