King James' School

Philosophy & Ethics


What’s it all about? 

This course is an introduction to the exciting world of philosophical enquiry and ethical dilemmas. Philosophy means the ´love of wisdom´ or truth about life and morals’; it´s a way of thinking and deals with questions about the fundamental nature of the world, the grounds for human knowledge, and the evaluation of human conduct; all of which are critical for our development and have an impact on our daily lives. 

As human beings, we thrive on those complicated questions which do not necessarily have answers and Philosophy & Ethics allows us to contemplate and question the unknown.  

We have specialised staff delivering the course who, through their own expertise and experiences, bring different perspectives and insights into the teaching and learning of Philosophy and Ethics. 

Exam and Assessment Information: 

Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Religious Studies (9RSO) 

Candidates study three components and sit an examination for each. 

The topics they will study are: 

  1. Philosophy of Religion
  2. Religion and Ethics
  3. Development in religious/philosophical thought - Study of a religion

To get started: 

The specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills that students may have developed through the study of GCSE Religious Studies but this is not essential.  It does not assume or require any previous study of the subject. GCSE English Language at grade 5 is a requisite.  Students will also be expected to display knowledge, understanding and evaluative skills in respect to the specified philosophical and ethical topics.  They are asked essay-style questions in which they are expected to use material from more than one area in the unit, to draw comparisons and to assess the relative significance of different aspects of the unit.  The questions direct students towards the assessment objectives, but students are expected to select their own material and structure it into a coherent answer.

What next? 

This subject will equip students with transferable skills which can be applied to any academic subject.  It lays a foundation for further study in philosophy, English, history, theology, law or related subjects in higher education.  It also provides a worthwhile course for students in terms of general education and life-long learning.

Our students say … 

"I chose Philosophy and Ethics because I have a keen interest in the important questions about life."Sophie Whitehead  

“Philosophy delves into the unknown.  It´s great!”Quendressa Pervetica

Philosophy & Ethics