Philosophy is one of the most successful A level subjects at George Spencer, in summer 2016 100% of students achieved grace A-C.  This A level is for academically able, inquisitive students who enjoy robust discussions. The course includes the study of ancient philosophers, medieval theologians and modern day scholars.  This A level is similar to a university course in terms of its broad content and the skills that are taught during the course including evaluation, discussion, independence and, perhaps most importantly, academic essay writing.

 

The course is divided into three papers:

 

Paper

Topics

Philosophy of Religion

2 hours

Answer three questions from four

33.3% of overall mark

Classical philosophy (Plato and Aristotle)

The soul

Argument for God based on observation

Arguments for God based on reason

Religious Experience

Problem of Evil

Nature of God

Religious Language

Twentieth century philosophers

Religion and Ethics

2 hours

Answer three questions from four

33.3% of overall mark

Natural Law

Situation Ethics

Kantian Ethics

Utilitarianism

Euthanasia

Business Ethics

Meta-ethics

Conscience

Sexual ethics

Development in Christian Thought

2 hours

Answer three questions from four

33.3% of overall mark

Augustine's view of human nature

Death and the afterlife

Knowledge of God's existence

Person of Jesus

Christian Moral Principles

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Religious Pluralism

Religion, Society and Gender

Liberation theology and Marxism