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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Oakbank School

Course description

The course covers the Philosophy of Religion Unit and the Religious Ethics Unit from the OCR AS/A2 Religious Studies specification.

The topics include:

AS - Philosophy of Religion:

Introduction to the Ancient Greek Philosophy of Aristotle and Plato.
Arguments for and against the existence of God
Where do concepts of Good and Evil come from?
Does the existence of evil and suffering prove that God does not exist?
Has science removed the need for religion?

AS – Religious Ethics:

Range of Ethical Theories (Natural Law, Utilitarianism, Kantianism and various Religious Ethical Theories)

Ethical Issues such as Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering, War and Peace.

A2 – Philosophy of Religion

Does the Soul exist and is there life after death?
If there is a God what might that God be like? (Concepts of God)
Religious Language – is it pointless to even try to describe God?
Religious Experience – is God all in the mind?

A2 – Religious Ethics

Meta-ethics: what do we mean by words like “good”, “bad”, “right” and “wrong”?
Free will vs. Determinism
The nature and the role of the conscience.

Entry requirements

5A*-C GCSE including English at a grade B or higher. A student with a C grade in English will be considered if high levels of literacy can be demonstrated from other GCSE results.


AS – This is assessed by two 1.5hr exam papers worth 70 marks each. Candidates are required to answer two essay questions (comprising of two parts) from a choice of four questions.

a- Explain how concepts of personhood might influence ethical approaches to abortion. (25)
b- “The right to life is the most important issue when considering abortion.” (10)

A2 – This is assessed by two 1.5hr exam papers worth 70 marks each. Candidates are required to answer two open essay style questions from a choice of four questions.

Assess the claim that the universe provides no evidence for the existence of God. (35)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 February 2017
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