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Ethics, Philosophy & Morality

Qualification: Ethics, Philosophy & Morality GCSE
Examination Board: AQA

The EPM course will provide you with an understanding of many of the interesting issues faced by society today. You will study, evaluate and analyse different topics that will affect you throughout your life. It will provide you with an opportunity to develop your own views and to consider those of others. You will learn to argue your case whilst presenting a reasoned argument on many social and moral issues.

Is this course right for you?

  • You are enthusiastic and interested in the big questions of life and relevant moral issues.
  • You will develop your own knowledge and understanding of different beliefs, values and traditions.
  • You will learn how to communicate your ideas and opinions on ethics and the moral issues.
  • You will enjoy participating in discussions and debates.
  • You will use written communication effectively.

What does the course involve?

You will study a range of topics including:

  • Early life issues e.g. abortion
  • Issues surrounding prejudice and discrimination
  • Planet Earth – what’s the future?
  • Animal rights – how should animals be treated?
  • Belief and behaviour – how does one impact the other?
  • The existence of God – any evidence?
  • The problem of evil – why?
  • Religious and non-religious beliefs and practices.
  • Science and religion – compatible or opposed?
  • The afterlife – is there one? What might it be like?

What about controlled assessments and exams?

100% examination. Examinations are at the end of Year 11.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

EPM helps you to have an awareness of the world around you. The subject is not only interesting and relevant but allows you the freedom to develop your own points of view. During GCSE many skills will be developed and this will allow you to go on to study Philosophy and Ethics at AS and A2 Level at the John Cleveland Sixth Form or other providers. It also gives you a good base to help you study other ‘A’ levels for example Psychology, Sociology, Law and Politics. It is a subject that is also looked on favourably by places of higher education and employers. EPM/Philosophy and Ethics offers the opportunities that are available for many occupation including – Medicine, Teaching, Law, Social Work, Civil Service, Management and the Police Force.


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