PhilosophyQRThe Course

Philosophy and ethics is a highly-respected, deeply interesting and incredibly rewarding subject. Through studying philosophy and ethics, you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of people and society, including why people think what they think and do what they do. You will explore some of the biggest questions of all time, such as, ‘How should people make decisions?’, ‘What makes us human?’ and ‘Does religion shape society or does society shape religion?’. You will get the opportunity to study a range of famous ideas and theories, which have and will continue to influence many areas of the world, including law, the arts, politics, and beliefs.

You will have lots of opportunity to discuss, debate, reflect and re-formulate your ideas, whilst developing your ability to argue persuasively. Through writing and discussion, you will analyse and evaluate the most influential ideas ever known, both ancient and modern.

As well as gaining a wealth of knowledge, by the end of the course you will be a confident communicator, an academic writer and a seriously logical thinker!


Students select which questions they answer in each exam.
There are three two hour exams for each of the units:

Entry Requirements

GCSE Religious Studies grade 5
GCSE English Language grade 6

Carers & Higher Education

A qualification in philosophy and ethics (RS) provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers in different sectors including law, journalism, medicine, the media, the police, education, and politics. Both universities and employers alike value the high-quality transferable skills developed within this course. Students learn to reason, critically analyse and communicate persuasively, as well how to write and speak like a scholar!
To quote the careers section of The Guardian, “Philosophers carry certain kudos, being viewed as ‘thinkers’ with a perception of life and society that can be very useful in numerous environments.”

Further Advice & Information

Mrs Strong and Mrs Clemow, Joint Heads of Department.



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Liskeard School & Community College
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