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PHILOSOPHY, ETHICS AND THEOLOGY

A-LEVEL

If you’re looking for meaning, you’ve found the right course.

If you spend way too much time pondering life’s biggest, unanswered questions then this is the right time to choose a course that brings you together with teachers and other students ready to discuss and debate them.

The questions we’ll address on this course have been asked for millennia.

Why am I here? What’s the meaning of life?

We’ll look at how people through the ages have sought to find answers to the biggest questions of our universe. And by studying the great thinkers you too will fill up your critical thinking toolbox so you’re ready for university study.

The course will also help you develop a deep respect for those holding conflicting and contrasting opinions.

  • Philosophy of Religion. Classical arguments for the existence of God, led by ideas proposed by philosophers.
  • Religion and Ethics. Your chance to debate competing ideas to help people make the right choice.
  • Christian Theology. How Jesus’ life has been interpreted through the centuries.

To stimulate thought we’ll provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities. You’ll enjoy a number of extended trips including a Cumbria residential, trip to Rome, and camping expedition.

You’ll extend your knowledge of religions and beliefs through visits to many places of worship. And we’ll bring to the Xaverian campus a variety of guest speakers and visits from religious experts and leaders.

LESSON TIME!

The first thing you’re going to learn during this lesson is that the word ‘philosophy’ is made up of Phil and Sophie

  • Phil means friend, or lover of
  • Sophie means wisdom

Put them together and what do you have? Lover of wisdom!

Today you’ll be introduced to the reality theory of ancient Greek philosopher Plato.

And you’ll discover that questions of philosophers often inspire the work of Hollywood scriptwriters.

Plato’s asked: “what is real?” Remember The Matrix, and Inception?

Plato also said: “The person who sees the truth is often seen as a threat to those who live in darkness.”

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What’s next?

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Former students have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Teaching,

Philosophy, Ethics and Theology opens doors to many courses and careers. Universities and employers recognise that you develop a good analytical mind and the ability to reason and express yourself well.

My greatest memory of Xaverian College is my first day. After coming here by myself from my secondary school, I soon met my current best friend, and later had one of my most memorable philosophy lessons; in which the whole class sat in a Socratic Circle and partook in a fascinating discussion on Ancient Greek philosophers.

Nick Pike, applying to the University of Cardiff to study Psychology.

Pre-U courses

Choose this A Level and during your second year at Xaverian take advantage of a eight-week crash course in undergraduate life through our close ties with Manchester University.

Weekly two-hour sessions during your autumn term focus on some of the most important study skills for your university success – including critical thinking, oral communication, essay writing and interpreting complex information. 

You’ll learn through methods familiar to higher education students – including lectures, reading tasks and interactive group discussion. 

Taking part in the Pre-U course and you’ll also receive a one A-level grade reduction in the standard entry requirements if you apply to Manchester University.

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