Philosophy, Religion & Ethics

Philosophy, Religion & Ethics

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Who am I? What can I know? What should I do? Philosophy concerns what it is to be human.

In Philosophy, Religion and Ethics you will study the work of some of the world’s greatest thinkers, as we seek answers to these big questions. You will ask questions, argue, try out ideas and generally wonder whether you can justify the beliefs you have. Philosophy will make you think, it is likely to make your brain hurt, and you may never see the world in quite the same way again!

Philosophy, Religion & Ethics

Course Summary

Who am I? What can I know? What should I do? Philosophy concerns what it is to be human.

In Philosophy, Religion and Ethics you will study the work of some of the world’s greatest thinkers, as we seek answers to these big questions. You will ask questions, argue, try out ideas and generally wonder whether you can justify the beliefs you have. Philosophy will make you think, it is likely to make your brain hurt, and you may never see the world in quite the same way again!

Its main tool is argument. This is a highly analytical and critical subject. Philosophers don’t just believe things, they argue for them. Philosophical theories are very profound, abstract and go ‘to the heart’ of the debate.

In addition, you will study key aspects of the Buddhist tradition. Buddhism is also known as eastern philosophy. As a religion, it is not so much concerned with questions about God, but about developing an enlightened way of life.

Specific Entry Requirements

English Language GCSE at least grade 5.

Progression Skills and Opportunities

Very many of our Philosophy, Religion and Ethics students go on to study a wide range of degrees, including at top universities. Philosophy also develops many vital skills which are prized by employers, such as attention to detail, analysis, creativity and communication skills. Indeed, Philosophy can be seen as the ultimate transferrable skill! Our students also speak highly of their day experiencing life as a Philosophy student at Southampton University.

How is the course assessed?

The course is 100% examined through three exams, comprised of essay questions.

What topics will I be studying?

Philosophy of Religion: Is there a God? Challenges to traditional beliefs, e.g. evil & suffering

Buddhism: What are the key teachings and practices of Buddhism?

Religion and Ethics: Can we act morally? Applying moral philosophy to the world around us.

Will I need specialist materials or equipment?

All necessary booklets will be provided as part of the course costs.

All you need to bring is an open and enquiring mind and a willingness to work hard!

Nathan Rees

Studying Philosophy at QMC is an experience I will never forget. The course forced me to develop a new understanding of myself, questioning my own beliefs that I obliviously held for my entire life. The support I received from my teachers, both in relation to Philosophy and outside was exceptional, as they genuinely care for their students and the subject they teach. – Kampala International School Uganda

Rome Trip 2020

In February 2020 thirty-three QMC students and three teachers went on a cultural trip to Rome- have a look at what we did in the video on the left.

Any Questions?

The Head of Department, Tom Featherstone will be happy to help.

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