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Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Thought at The Arnewood School

Course description

A level Philosophy and Ethics develops skills in analysis, use of evidence, research, argument, discussion and essay writing.

Course content

AS Level

Philosophy of religion

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • 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
  • The nature of the soul, mind and body
  • The possibility of life after death.

Religion and ethics

  • Normative ethical theories
  • The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
  • Ethical language and thought.

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.

A Level
Philosophy of religion

  • Ideas about the nature of God
  • Issues in religious language.

Religion and ethics

  • Debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will
  • The influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion.

Developments in religious thought

  • Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
  • Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.

Entry requirements

  • You will usually need to have at least a B grade in GCSE English and a Humanities based subject, and a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade B or above is preferred. A
  • good GCSE pass at Full course or a Short course is an advantage but certainly not a necessity.


  • AS Philosophy, Ethics and Religious thought – 3 x 1 hour examination
  • A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religious thought – 3 x 2 hour examination

Financial information

OCR produce a textbook to accompany the course, and there are several other  recommended texts.

Future opportunities

This course prepares you for a range of further studies and careers. In particular, law,  journalism, medicine, management, government, education, police, community work,
public relations and the media.

Further information

The library subscribes to the excellent Dialogue magazine, published specifically for A level RS. The RS website has detailed information, biographies, criticisms, interactive diagrams, games, links past papers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September