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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Caldew School

Course description

This new A-Level comprises of 3 units which are Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Thoughts. Any student with an inquisitive mind will be stimulated and challenged by the course. Students will gain an insight into significant Philosophical, Ethical and Religious issues whilst their own belief system and thought process will develop in a rewarding way. The subject is highly regarded by Universities and other Undergraduate institutions. Employers recognise the unrivalled opportunities that the course provides young people to develop a broader mind alongside a strong sense of conviction leading to careers in a variety of professions.

Course content

Unit 1 - Philosophy of religion: Learners will study ancient philosophical influences, arguments about the existence or non-existence of God, the nature and impact of religious experiences, the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil, the nature of the soul, mind and body, the possibility of life after death, ideas about the nature of God and issues in religious language.

Unit 2 - Religion and ethics: Learners will study normative ethical theories, the application of ethical theories to two contemporary issues of importance, ethical language and thought, debates surrounding the significant ideas of conscience and free will and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs and the philosophy of religion.

Unit 3 - 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 and key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.


Students will be assessed unit by unit but the assessment method will vary and be catered for individual need. For instance research questions will be given, individual tasks, group tasks, presentations and case studies will be set. The A Level is certified with the OCR examination board and is 100% examination. This is a two year course and comprises of three units which are worth 33% each. Each unit is made up of a 2 hour paper sat in Year 13. Each paper comprises of five essay questions where three out of the five are chosen. Each essay is worth 40 marks each and will test both AO1 and AO2.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years