2018 Religious Studies: Philosophy, Ethics & Religious Thought Course

Course Information

The A Level Religious Studies course is 2 year A Level which comprises of 3 areas of study:

Philosophy
This unit involves arguments about the existence of God and whether there is life after death. Students investigate a range of views points and stances on these issues as well as investigate the problem of Evil and the many forms which Evil can take. Students approach the unit from a religious and non-religious angle so as to ensure they have a balanced opinion on the issues.

Ethics
This unit looks at whether we have free will to make moral choices. It involves studying a range of examples and issues where morals and ethics could be questioned and analysed. The unit also focuses on the issue of whether the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few as well as the interesting of sexual ethics for the 21st Century and religious views on this theme.

Religious Thought
The third unit focuses on the “purpose of life” key themes in religion and society—for example, gender. The unit looks at sources of wisdom and authority.

Course requirements

A Grade 5 in GCSE Religious Studies is desirable to provide foundations for the course, however it is not essential. A grade 5 in English is also desirable. Students are expected to be able to write clear and coherent answers and be persuasive in their writing, making reference to the themes and ideas they have studied.

What type of student is this course suitable for?

Successful Religious Studies students are organised, capable of meeting deadlines and have a strong ability to complete extended writing tasks. To get the most out of the course, students should be willing to discuss social issues, theories and relate ethical and philosophical concepts and studies to real life situations and scenarios.   Students should also show a desire to argue with a constructive, well informed and balanced approach.

Where could this course take you?

Successful completion of the course could lead to many different degrees and career paths needing analytical or interpersonal skills. The course particularly meets needs in broadcasting, journalism, law, publishing, medicine , the care industry and teaching. In recent years there has also been an increase in demand for philosophy and ethics students to fill roles in business and consultancy as well as filling places on NHS and other ethics boards within private firms.

What our students say

“I really enjoy the class discussions—you get to express your own opinion but also challenge the views of others in the group as well as the Philosophers of the past”

Course Information
  • Course level:A Level
  • Exam Board:OCR