Is Ethics seen as a 'Soft' A-Level and is it any good?

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I am planning to study Ethics as one of my A-Level subjects next year but I am wondering if it is seen as a soft A-Level and also is it a good subject to study.
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I am planning to study Ethics as one of my A-Level subjects next year but I am wondering if it is seen as a soft A-Level and also is it a good subject to study.
Is it philosophy and ethics? If so, then it is certainly not a soft A-Level. Even if it isn't then it probably isn't a soft A-Level.

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Is it philosophy and ethics? If so, then it is certainly not a soft A-Level. Even if it isn't then it probably isn't a soft A-Level.

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If I am honest I am not so sure, my school just calls it ethics lol
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If I am honest I am not so sure, my school just calls it ethics lol
Do you know what board it is?

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Do you know what board it is?

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I am not so sure.. .yeah, I need to do some more research on this haha.
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I am not so sure.. .yeah, I need to do some more research on this haha.
Whatever it is, you should do it if you think you will enjoy it and can get a good grade in it. What other subjects do you want to do?
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Ethics is not soft, since it comes under religious studies/philosophy. It is probably on par with History and English Literature.

Despite the bad rep it gets on TSR from all the STEM nerds, it's pretty applicable in everyday life and careers. My exam board, OCR, go over the basics like ethical theories and then into ethical issues like abortion, war and genetic engineering. If you want to go to university it is pretty useful, helping your essay and research skills (you need to read, a lot!). Aside from that, it's really good at supplementing your other subjects. There's a topic on business ethics, legal and medical ethics, which does help with business/law/sciences subjects. The War and Peace topic helps with Geography and History.

Overall, it's not the hardest A-Level to take and it doesn't point to a direct career, but ethics is interesting and you can learn a lot from it, both in knowledge and study skills. It's modern and relevant, so you will find it straightforward to apply it to real life situations. If you're doing it with philosophy (which is intellectually demanding), it is certainly a great subject worth taking.
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Whatever it is, you should do it if you think you will enjoy it and can get a good grade in it. What other subjects do you want to do?
I am doing Ethics with Economics and Sociology.
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Ethics is not soft, since it comes under religious studies/philosophy. It is probably on par with History and English Literature.

Despite the bad rep it gets on TSR from all the STEM nerds, it's pretty applicable in everyday life and careers. My exam board, OCR, go over the basics like ethical theories and then into ethical issues like abortion, war and genetic engineering. If you want to go to university it is pretty useful, helping your essay and research skills (you need to read, a lot!). Aside from that, it's really good at supplementing your other subjects. There's a topic on business ethics, legal and medical ethics, which does help with business/law/sciences subjects. The War and Peace topic helps with Geography and History.

Overall, it's not the hardest A-Level to take and it doesn't point to a direct career, but ethics is interesting and you can learn a lot from it, both in knowledge and study skills. It's modern and relevant, so you will find it straightforward to apply it to real life situations. If you're doing it with philosophy (which is intellectually demanding), it is certainly a great subject worth taking.
I am doing Ethics with Economics and Sociology, do you think it's a decent combination? Because tbh, I really do not know what I want to be when I am older and I didn't want to do the other subjects on offer, so picking subjects was really hard for me.
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You don't need an A-level to know what's right and wrong. What other A-levels are you doing. Would recommend, History, Economics, English Literature instead. U discuss a lot of ethical dilemma in these subjects
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I am planning to study Ethics as one of my A-Level subjects next year but I am wondering if it is seen as a soft A-Level and also is it a good subject to study.
Philosophy and Ethics is basically RS if I am not mistaken.

A mini "rule" is that subjects ending in "Studies" = soft. But many Medics study Ethics so it may just be an exception.
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Ethics is not soft, since it comes under religious studies/philosophy. It is probably on par with History and English Literature.

Despite the bad rep it gets on TSR from all the STEM nerds, it's pretty applicable in everyday life and careers. My exam board, OCR, go over the basics like ethical theories and then into ethical issues like abortion, war and genetic engineering. If you want to go to university it is pretty useful, helping your essay and research skills (you need to read, a lot!). Aside from that, it's really good at supplementing your other subjects. There's a topic on business ethics, legal and medical ethics, which does help with business/law/sciences subjects. The War and Peace topic helps with Geography and History.

Overall, it's not the hardest A-Level to take and it doesn't point to a direct career, but ethics is interesting and you can learn a lot from it, both in knowledge and study skills. It's modern and relevant, so you will find it straightforward to apply it to real life situations. If you're doing it with philosophy (which is intellectually demanding), it is certainly a great subject worth taking.
No. It's not on par with English Lit or History, far from it. They are both facilitating subjects, ethics is not. Ethics is widely regarded by many universities as a soft subject. As are Religious studies and Philosophy, ironically.
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No. It's not on par with English Lit or History, far from it. They are both facilitating subjects, ethics is not. Ethics is widely regarded by many universities as a soft subject. As are Religious studies and Philosophy, ironically.
http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/index.php?pageid=604

This list from Cambridge clearly puts Religious Studies (which includes Ethics) and Philosophy on the same level.

A lot of European education systems make Philosophy and Ethics a compulsory requirement for university entrants.
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I am doing Ethics with Economics and Sociology, do you think it's a decent combination? Because tbh, I really do not know what I want to be when I am older and I didn't want to do the other subjects on offer, so picking subjects was really hard for me.
Yes, if you want to go to a Russell Group Uni, then your choice is fine. Even then, remember not everybody has to go to a Russell Group Uni and as long as you study subjects you personally think are interesting then you will be fine.

It's best to keep your options open at this stage. This website is really good if you want some degree ideas
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(Original post by serebro)
http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/index.php?pageid=604

This list from Cambridge clearly puts Religious Studies (which includes Ethics) and Philosophy on the same level.

A lot of European education systems make Philosophy and Ethics a compulsory requirement for university entrants.
Seems I was misinformed when I went to Cambridge, hmm. Apologies OP
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