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Philosophy OCR A Level at Kingdown School

Course description

Paper 1:

Philosophy – Religious Language

  • Can we Say Anything Meaningful
  • The Nature and Validity of Religious Experiences Including Miracle
  • God’s Attributes and Means of Communication with the World
  • The Nature of Life After Death Including ‘Body’ and ‘Soul’ Distinctions
  • The Problem of Evil and suffering. 

Paper 2:


  • Ethical theories such as Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics and Natural Moral Law
  • Application of ethical theories to issues of importance such as war and sexual ethics, Ethical language, Medical Ethics

Paper 3:


  • Buddhist teachings about the nature and end of suffering
  • Buddhist practices including meditation
  • Social and historical developments including Buddhism in the West
  • Religion in Society including interfaith dialogue

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade (9-6) and Maths (9-4) plus 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C.

This should include a grade B in Philosophy GCSE or History (A*-B) or Geography (A*-B).

Students do not need to have studied the subject at GCSE.

Students are expected to show curiosity about the world around them, and a willingness to consider different viewpoints fairly.

If students have not studied Philosophy GCSE we expect a (5-9) grade in English and/or History (B+).

Future opportunities

The subject supports a wide range of careers and university courses including Law, Politics, Medicine, Psychology, English, Science, Theology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Education, Personnel and Careers Service.

Further information

Special Activities:

There will be a range of study visits arranged some of which may be evening trips. There will be a weekend away at local centre learning about Buddhism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingdown School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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