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Philosophy and Ethics OCR at Bradfield School

Course description

This specification covers a number of options within Religious Studies, including Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, World Religions and Textual studies. Candidates are encouraged to adopt an enquiring critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.


  • Strengths have been maintained in the four unit (two at AS and two at A2) format.
  • More flexible and incorporates a fully integrated synoptic element at A2.
  • Assessment burden is eased by removing the examined coursework element.
  • Develops essay writing skills necessary for entry to higher education.

Course content


OCR Religious Studies - Philosophy and Ethics

This is a new specification from September 2016 and is taught as a continuous A level course over two years.

Content Overview

Philosophy of religion
Learners will study:

  • ancient philosophical influences
  • the nature of the soul, mind and body
  • arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
  • the nature and impact of religious experience
  • the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
  • ideas about the nature of God issues in religious language  

Philosophy of religion (01) 120 marks 2 hour written paper 33.3% of total A Level

Religion and ethics

Learners will study:

  • normative ethical theories
  • the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • ethical language and thought
  • debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
  • sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.

Religion and ethics (02) 120 marks 2 hour written paper 33.3% of total A Level

Developments in religious thought
Learners will study: 

  • religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
  • sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
  • significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • key themes related to the relationship between religion and society

in the context of one religion chosen from Christianity (03), Islam (04), Judaism (05), Buddhism (06) or Hinduism (07).

Developments in religious thought (03–07) 120 marks 2 hour written paper 33.3% of total A Level

(It is likely in the first instance that we will cover Christianity for the Developments module).

Mrs S Hattersley, Mr R Kay, Mrs Seed

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Religious Studies or Grade 5 in GCSE English Language




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Further information

Our ambition is for the students we teach to ‘be the best they can’ and, where students want to, that they progress to the top Universities to maximise their employment and career prospects. In partnership with Russell Group Universities, we continue to work hard to realise this ambition and to ensure that, as well as excellent teaching, our students receive the correct guidance and support needed to make successful applications to Higher Education.

We are very proud of the achievements made by last year’s students. 92% of the students progressed to a University course of their choice. 91% of our students gained 3 or more A-Levels and 46% of the grades were A*-B. Students were also successful in their applications to competitive programmes such as Cambridge University, Dentistry and Medicine. We look forward to building on this success with the students who choose to join us in the future.

We offer a range of 23 different A-Level subjects, enabling students to choose subject combinations to progress to all available Higher Education courses. All of our courses are taught by subject specialists with degrees in the subjects they are teaching, and with strong track records in A-Level teaching. Students are also encouraged to integrate work experience placements with their studies in order to gain the practical and transferable skills required for many careers.

Students have the choice of choosing three or four A-Level subjects. We expect that most students will specialise to three subjects by the time they enter Y13. All students are also given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification over the two years, and we are increasingly finding that this improves the quality of student’s applications to University and employment opportunities.

Sixth Form is not solely about the study of the academic subjects. We offer students a range of enrichment opportunities, improved social facilities and privileges so that our students can enjoy life as a Sixth Form student both inside and outside of the classroom and that they can play a leading role in helping to develop the school. By providing these opportunities alongside a strong curriculum, we believe that Bradfield Sixth Form is an environment ‘where people thrive’ and where people can make the most of their talents and realise their potential.

We hope that you will consider studying your chosen subjects at A-Level at Bradfield School Sixth Form.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Patrick Beaumont
Head of Sixth Form
0114 2865002

How to apply

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Last updated date: 17 November 2016

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