Philosophy and Ethics
This A Level has a broad focus. Whatever experiences a student has of Religious Studies they will be able to develop their knowledge and understanding on this course. The systematic study of religion includes the study of religious beliefs, values and teachings in their interconnections. This will be explored in terms of a historical context as well as in the contemporary world. Religious ethics includes the exploration of ethical theories and the application of ethical theory to personal, societal or global issues of importance, including religious ethical perspectives. Philosophy of religion includes the exploration of questions about the nature and existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering. Philosophical theories will be studied such as those of Plato and Aristotle. There will be exploration of questions surrounding life, death and the soul as well as religious and scientific understandings of creation.
This is a course for those who enjoy discussion work and are willing to share ideas. Many areas of study are both sensitive and challenging, which means that students must be prepared to explore their views and the reasons they hold them.
The course is structured into three sections:
Module 1: The philosophy of religion
Module 2: Religion and ethics
Module 3: Developments in religious thought
Exam board: OCR
Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements and a Grade 6 in GCSE English, but we will consider students with a Grade 5 if their GCSE grades in other subjects are sufficiently strong.
Preferred Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE RE (either full or short course).
Pre-Course Material: This can be found here.
Paper 1: Philosophy of religion – 33.3% of the qualification
Paper 2: Religious ethics – 33.3% of the qualification
Paper 3: Developments in religious thought – 33.3% of the qualification
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There are no additional costs associated with this course.