A Level Philosophy and Ethics in Religious Studies at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School
Module G571 – Philosophy of Religion
This module begins with a study of Ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle and the JudeoChristian influences on the philosophy of religion. The existence of God is examined through the teleological and cosmological argument and challenges to them by Hume, Mill and Darwin. Also the problem of evil and suffering are posed as a challenge to the nature of God.
Module G572 – Religious Ethics
This module is a study of the ways in which people make moral decisions, and the influences of religious belief on morality. Students will study classic ethical theories including Natural Law, Utilitarianism and Virtue ethics with arguments from philosophers including Kant, Aquinas and Singer. The applied ethics component includes a study of some contemporary moral issues in medical ethics – abortion, euthanasia, the right to life, and the right to have a child.
Module G581 – Philosophy of Religion
This module includes units on the use of religious language, religious experience and the evidence and interpretation of religious miracles. Also the nature of the soul and the post mortem existence is explored as well as the attributes and nature of God.
Module G582 – Ethical Studies
This unit investigates meta-ethics, the concept of freewill, the role of the conscience, and the applied ethics of sexual relationships, the environment and in business. Full details of the specification can be found at www.ocr.org.uk and following the links to RS.
Either Grade B in GCSE RS or Grade B in GCSE English.
The course is demanding and a consistently disciplined approach to study is necessary. There will be regular assignments and timed essays through out the course.
The AS modules are taken as written exams both taken in the June session. For a certificate for Advanced Subsidiary GCE, students will have studied for and been assessed in two AS units.
Many subjects go well with Philosophy & Ethics: for example English, History, Politics, Critical Thinking, Sociology, Geography and Psychology. Philosophy & Ethics can be a useful complement to science subjects. The skills developed in Philosophy & Ethics are particularly useful for careers in law, education, politics, medicine, administration or the media.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School directly.