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Philosophy and Ethics

Religious studies - A level

At Key stage 5 students will have the option to study A level philosophy and ethics. It helps to develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies. Students will adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study.

If you are looking for an intellectually engaging and challenging subject then this is the place to be. You will get the chance to discuss a wide range of topics you have never considered before.
Justin Singh Gill, Year 13 student

Year 12

Learning outcomes

 A thought provoking programme of study for both teachers and learners, whilst also acting as a rigorous course of study which prepares learners for progression to Higher Education. This qualification is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Learners will develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas. OCR’s A Level Religious Studies course aims to engage learners thoroughly and develop an interest in Religious Studies which extends beyond the classroom and can be applied to the world around them.

Topics taught

  • Philosophy
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Soul mind and body
  • Dualism and monism
  • Nature of self
  • Existence of soul
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Teleological and cosmological argument
  • Ontological argument
  • Religious experience
  • Problem of evil
  • Ethics
  • Natural Law
  • Aristotle and Aquinas
  • Situation Ethics
  • Joseph Fletcher
  • Utilitarianism
  • Categorical Imperative
  • Euthanasia
  • Business Ethics
  • Development in Christian Thought
  • Moral action
  • Moral teaching

Year 13

Learning outcomes

OCR’s A Level in Religious Studies will encourage learners to;  develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world, develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion, develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies, adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion, reflect on and develop their own values, opinions and attitudes in the light of their study.

Topics taught

  • Philosophy
  • Nature of God
  • Apophatic and Cataphatic use
  • Religious language
  • Liberation theology
  • Ethics
  • Meta ethics
  • Conscience
  • Sexual ethics
  • Development in Christian thought
  • Death and resurrection
  • Gods omniscience, omnipotence and benevolence
  • Free will
  • Boethius
  • Pluralism
  • Gender and society
  • Secularism
I chose this lesson because of the freedom we have to think and develop our own ideas on real life situations. We are able to investigate controversial topics, explore different arguments and theories and independently reach our own conclusion at both GCSE and A level.
Georgia Sobey, Year 12 student