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Philosophy and Ethics of Religion A Level (OCR) at The High School for Girls

Course description

No decision has been made with regard to the syllabus to be chosen for A Level Religious Studies as they have yet to be formally approved by Ofqual. The syllabi are very similar. The new draft OCR syllabus is as follows:

1. Study of Religion

We will study Christianity and investigate its beliefs, practices, sources of wisdom, as well as how major theological and philosophical changes have occurred, and influenced society.

2. Philosophy of Religion

This unit is very diverse and we study arguments for the existence of God, investigate the issues of religious experience and why the problem of evil challenges religious belief. We also study the use of philosophical and religious language.

3. Ethics of Religion

The use of ethical language and how it can be applied to ethical theories, how this has changed over time and the application of ideas to 2 major ethical topics as yet to be decided.

Course content

Modules include: Study of religion; philosophy of religion; ethics of religion.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved Grade B in Religious Studies (Full or Short course GCSE) or Grade B English (if not studied GCSE RS).


Each unit is examined by a two hour examination. (AS candidates will sit a 90 min exam in each unit. There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

Studying Philosophy and Ethics is excellent training in thinking for yourself, and it encourages open-mindedness. It is highly regarded by universities and employers alike because it encourages students to analyse, argue and research independently. Obviously, it leads well into further study of Philosophy, PPE or Theology, but the application of philosophical ideas to practical moral issues is especially relevant for those considering careers in the law, medicine or the media. The skills developed, such as critical writing, are transferable to any degree course, including English, History and Politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years