Philosophy Ethics

A Level Religious Studies: Philosophy, Ethics and Theology

Exam Board
OCR
Entry requirements
Minimum B grade in English Minimum B grade at GCSE Religious Studies (or 9 - 1 equivalents)
What will I study?
Philosophy of religion
• Plato, Aristotle, Body and Soul
• The existence and non-existence of God – (Cosmological, Teleological, Ontological arguments)
• The validity of Religious Experiences, The Problem of Evil,
• The attributes of God and issues that they raise
• Religious Language- 20th Century comparisons  
 
Ethics
• Ethical theories- Natural Law, Situation Ethics
• Normative ethical theories- Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism, Euthanasia and Business ethics
• Meta- Ethics
• Conscience
• Sexual Ethics
• Scholars and modern ethical theories  
 
Developments in Christian thought
• Augustine
• Death and afterlife
• Revealed and natural knowledge
• Gender theology and gender and society
• The challenge of secularism
• Liberation theology and Karl Marx
Assessment
33.3% Philosophy – 2 hour exam
33.3% Ethics – 2 hour exam
33.3.% Developments in Christian thought- 2 hour – 2 hour exam 
What skills will I gain?
• Extended essay writing at an advanced level
• Analysing, interpreting and evaluating religious and philosophical texts.
• Research through different forms of media.
• Group discussion and debates, enhancing their critical thinking.
• Seminars and conferences will be attended to further develop understanding of complex arguments.
• Developing hypotheses and justifying of personal positions on religious, ethical, philosophical problems, relevant to the modern world
Studying beyond the classroom 
• A Trip to Nottingham University for an “Aim Higher Day” with University Lecturers on Philosophy and Ethics
• Top university lecturers visiting Bramcote College for workshop seminars 
Future pathways
A report from NATRE in 2015- A level Religious Studies as a subject for Higher Education Entry The Russell Group of top universities has made it clear that RS A level provides ‘suitable preparation for University’.
 
Both Oxford and Cambridge University include Religious Studies in the top level list of ‘suitable Arts A levels’.
 
Applicants with Religious Studies A level were more likely to gain admission to study History at Oxford University in 2012 than those with A levels in many ‘facilitating’ subjects.
 
20% of students admitted to Oxford University to study mathematics in 2011 had an RS A level (more than those with Economics, Physics and Business Studies A levels) Research from the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University on the comparative difficulty of different subjects at A level showed that RS was ‘in the middle difficulty range, similar to Geography and more demanding than English’.
 
By completing philosophy and ethics papers in religious studies can go on to study a wide range of subjects at degree level, including English literature, history, philosophy, law, sociology and anthropology as well as theology and religious studies.
 
An A Level in religious studies is highly valued in personnel work, law, medicine, education, librarianship, media and social services, including the police force.
 
As with any subject in the area of humanities, students acquire a great range of skills such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and the ability to produce extended evaluative pieces of writing.