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Philosophy & EthicsAS Level

Dealing with ‘ultimate’ questions of the meaning and substance of life, philosophy and ethics is a challenging and stimulating subject which will develop your evaluative and reflective skills essential for most subjects. Literally translated, ‘Philosphy’ means love of wisdom or knowledge. In this course we concentrate on Christian approaches to God, the universe, ethical theory and philosophy.

Philosophy is the study, writing, research, or speaking on the nature of god, especially in relation to human experience. Typically the concept includes the premise that such study is done in a rational, philosophical manner and can also refer to specific schools of thought - for example, progressive theology, feminist theology or liberation theology.

  • Taking Philosophy and Ethics was definitely a brilliant choice and I would recommend it to anybody considering taking it for Year 12!
  • This course teaches you how to think about all aspects of life and challenges your opinions and beliefs. You'll never lose an argument again!!!
  • The philosophers and ethical issues you study make you think outside the box, and learn to question aspects of life you may take for granted.

Course Content

OCR A Level in Religious Studies (H573)


Ancient Philosophical influences, Soul Mind and Body, Arguments for the existence of God, Religious experience, the problem of evil

The nature and attributes of God, Religious Language including negative, analogical or symbolic and modern 20th century perspectives.


Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Kantian ethics, Utilitarianism, Euthanasia and Business Ethics

Meta-ethical theories, Conscience, Sexual Ethics.

Developments in Christian Thought

Augustine's teaching on human nature, Death and the afterlife, knowledge of God's existence, the person of Jesus Christ, Christian moral principles and action

Religious pluralism and theology and society, Gender and Society, Gender and Theology, the Challenge of Secularism, Liberation Theology and Marx.

Key Facts

  • Course Level A Level
  • Assessment Breakdown Examination 100%
  • Assessor OCR
  • Entry Requirements 5+ Levels 4-9. 5+ in English Language at GCSE
  • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE including forums and online assessment