RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS A-Level Course


Introduction to RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS


QUALIFICATION: OCR - AS & A-LEVEL IN PHILOSOPHY & ETHICS

Religion is a powerful influence in the modern world and it is important that we understand how it affects peoples attitudes, behaviour and actions. Religion, Philosophy & Ethics is an A-Level for anyone who wants to be better informed about the world around them and consider quite literally ‘the meaning of life’. You will be asked to explore some difficult ethical questions and consider the impact of them on others.


Teaching & Assessment


Year 12
Paper 1: Philosophy of religion.
Written paper – 33.3% of AS level.
Paper 2: Religion and Ethics.
Written paper – 33.3% of AS level.
Paper 3: Development of religious thought.
Written paper – 33.3% of AS level.

Year 13
Paper 1: Philosophy of religion.
Written paper – 33.3% of AS level.
Paper 2: Religion and Ethics.
Written paper – 33.3% of AS level.
Paper 3: Development of religious thought.
Written paper – 33.3% of AS level.


Vocational Progression


A University degree in a philosophy / religion or a related subject.
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Psychotherapist; Recruitment Consultant and Solicitor.


Course Structure


Year 12


Philosophy of Religion
You will study ancient philosophy, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and impact of religious experience, the problem of evil, the nature of soul, mind and body, the possibility of life after death.
Religion and Ethics
Ethical theories, contemporary issues of importance, ethical language and thought.
Development of Religious Thought
Religious beliefs, values and teaching, sources of religious wisdom and authority, practises which shape and express religious identity and religious traditions.


Year 13


Philosophy of Religion
You will study ancient philosophy, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and impact of religious experience, the problem of evil, the nature of soul, mind and body, the possibility of life after death, ideas about the nature of God, issues in religious language.
Religion and Ethics
Ethical theories, contemporary issues of importance, ethical language and thought, debates around conscience and free will, ethical thought in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion. 
Development of Religious Thought
Religious beliefs, values and teaching, sources of religious wisdom and authority, practises which shape and express religious identity and religious traditions, significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought, religion and society.