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A2 Philosophy, Religion and Ethics - Academic Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

An Academic Pathway Subject - The Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Religious Studies) course contains a broad range of topics which include an in-depth study of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, and Ethics and Religion. The specification for this course by OCR can be seen in the course content section below.

Course content

Philosophy of Religion: 

  • Ancient philosophical influences 
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body 
  • Argument 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
Religion and Ethics: 
  • 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
Developments in religious thought:
  • 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 the to the relationship between religion and society

Entry requirements

An average of 5- 'Attainment 8' score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 4s and 4 grade 5s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths

At least a grade 5 in GCSE RE or a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature if RE not taken  


Three written exams at the end of year 13

 1. Philosophy of Religion, 2 hour exam, 33.3% of the A-level. Choice of four 40 mark questions, three are chosen to answer. Totals 120 marks.

 2. Study of Religion: Christianity, 2 hour exam,  33.3% of the A level. Choice of four 40 mark questions, three are chosen to answer. Totals 120 marks. 

3. Religion and Ethics, 2 hour exam, 33.3% of the A level. Choice of four 40 mark questions, three are chosen to answer. Totals 120 marks.

Future opportunities

Religious studies A level is highly valued by employers and academic institutions. It helps students to develop excellent communication, analysis and evaluation skills. As well as further studies in Philosophy, students with this qualification go on to study degrees in English Studies, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Religious Studies. The A level also complements subjects such as Politics, History, Sociology and English.

Career options enhanced by a Religious Studies qualification include: law, teaching, the media, the police, and charity work, to name a few.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Bristow, Sixth Form Administrator on  or on 01628 625308, extension 236.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Furze Platt Senior School directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ACPHI19
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