Moral Philosophy and Ethical Decisions

Level: Professional Development – QLS Level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Moral Philosophy and Ethical Decisions to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Prior knowledge of philosophy is not required for this course; all you need is an enquiring mind. While moral codes help ensure our society functions well – that human suffering is kept to a minimum and that we as members of the society can flourish and live in harmony – throughout any lifetime a person is likely to be faced with any number of moral questions to resolve. A selection of moral dilemmas that we could all encounter will be examined within the course along with the different philosophical approaches to making moral decisions.

Understanding these processes will enable us to reflect on our own moral awareness and how our moral decision-making has shaped our lives thus far. This will also enable us to help others similarly reflect, with particular reference to the counselling process.


  • Lesson One
    • Ethics and Morality / The Importance of Studying Ethics / Some Moral Dilemmas
      • Definitions
      • What Makes Something Moral?
      • Comparing Moral, Technical, Religious and Legal Issues and Etiquette
      • Descriptive, Normative, Meta-ethics and Applied Ethics
  • Lesson Two
    • Terminology in Ethics / Some Deontological Ethical Theories
      • Divine Command Theory
      • Natural Law
      • Kantian Ethics
      • Evaluation of Deontological Moral Theories
  • Lesson Three
    • Teleological Ethical Theories
      • Utilitarianism
      • Hedonic Utilitarianism
      • Positive versus Negative Utilitarianism
      • Act and Rule Utilitarianism
      • Preference Utilitarianism
      • Situation Ethics
      • Evaluation of Teleological Moral Theories
  • Lesson Four
    • Theories of Virtue Ethics
      • Virtue Ethics According to Aristotle
      • Modern Virtue Ethics Philosophers
      • Overall Assessment of Virtue Ethics
  • Lesson Five
    • The Nature of Free Will
      • Hard Determinism
      • Libertarianism
      • Compatibilism
      • Evaluation

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.