Subject : Religious Studies : Philosophy and Ethics

Awarding body:  OCR

Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Religious Studies H172
Advanced CGE in Religious Studies H572

Course content and examination requirements:

The Greek philosopher, Socrates, once said “the unexamined life is not worth living.” A level Religious Studies explores selected topics in philosophy and ethics, providing students with the tools they need to critically examine their own lives as well as the world in which they live.  It is one of the fastest growing subjects at A level, teaching students not what to think, but how to think critically.

Year 12 - AS Units Year 13 - A2 Units (full GCE)

Unit 1  G571 AS Philosophy of Religion

Externally assessed written exam:
One hour and thirty minutes
50% of AS marks
(25% of total GCE)

This unit explores the foundations of philosophy of religion, including a study of Ancient Greek as well as Judaeo- Christian influences on philosophy of religion.  Students will study the traditional arguments for the existence of God and challenges to religious belief.

Unit 3  G581 A2 Philosophy of Religion

Externally assessed written exam:
One hour and thirty minutes

(25% of total GCE)
This unit builds on the work done at AS and looks at the topics of religious language, experience and religion; the nature of God; life and death and miracles.

Unit 2  G572 AS Religious Ethics

Externally assessed written exam: One hour and thirty minutes50% of AS marks(25% of total GCE)This unit focuses on an in-depth study of the principal ethical theories, including absolute and relative morality, natural law, Kantian ethics and utilitarianism, and how these can be applied to the issues of abortion, euthanasia, embryology and war.

Unit 4  G582 A2 Religious Ethics

Externally assessed written exam:
One hour and thirty minutes
(25% of total GCE)

Again, this unit complements the work done at AS level and focuses on the topics of meta-ethics, including the ideas of free-will and determinism. Students then study the nature and role of conscience as well as virtue ethics, before exploring how these ideas apply to Business and Environmental ethics.

Entry requirements:

GCSE RS – Grade A minimum.

A critical and enquiring mind as well as the ability to manage independent study will be an asset in this subject

Relevance to further studies and careers:

In studying this subject, students will acquire a range of skills such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and the ability to critique an argument as well as formulate an effective response to an argument.  These are skills that will prepare students well for a range of courses in higher education, and employment.

Teaching staff / further information:

Miss M Ryan

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