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Philosophy and Ethics A Level at Mossbourne Community Academy

Course description

The course has been designed to provide a coherent and thought-provoking programme of study for students, whilst acting as a rigorous course of study which prepares learners for progression to Higher Education. This qualification is designed to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of religious beliefs and teachings, as well as the disciplines of ethics and philosophy of religion. Students will develop their skills of critical analysis in order to construct balanced, informed arguments and responses to religious, philosophical and ethical ideas. OCR’s A Level Religious Studies course aims to engage learners thoroughly and develop an interest in Religious Studies which extends beyond the classroom and can be applied to the world around them. It is also a useful complementary subject for those hoping to study medicine. Candidates who are interested in studying English, Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Social Studies, Law and, of course Theology and Religious Studies at degree level are particularly welcomed.

Course content

- The study of ethical theories such as: Natural law, Kantian ethics, Utilitarianism. Applied ethics in the following topics: Abortion, Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering and War and Peace

- The study of ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle. Study of a religion and of philosophical ideas about God found in religious scripture and arguments for and against the existence of God, challenges to religious belief from science and the problem of evil, study of a religion.

- The study of ethical theories and ideas such as: Free Will and Determinism, Conscience and Virtue Ethics. Applied ethics in the following topics: Business, Environment and Sexual Ethics

- Religious Language, Religious Experiences and philosophical ideas about the nature of God, the relationship between the body and the soul and life after death.

Entry requirements

- Grade A in R.S GCSE
- Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and
- Grade B in GCSE History (if studied)


The exam for each component will be worth 120 marks and represents 33.3% of the total marks for A Level. These exams will take the form of an externally assessed written papers lasting 2 hours each.

Future opportunities

At all levels it is considered a particularly suitable qualification for all kinds of work, especially social work, management, civil service posts, politics, teaching, nursing and other work with children.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mossbourne Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years