A Level Course Listing

Ethics, Philosophy, and Theology

Is it possible to be good?

Is the existence of God knowable?

What is our fundamental human nature?

At its heart, this subject is a study of people; how they think and how they create a sense of meaning in the world they live in. Ethics, Philosophy, and Theology will appeal to anyone with a desire to engage with the complex questions, questioning perceived truth and logic throughout.

In our exciting new A Level curriculum you will explore ideas both old and new, the dynamic relationship between themes such as morality in contemporary society, the formation of religion, and the quest for equality in the modern world.

The course seeks to introduce you to the ethical, philosophical, and theological canon meaning that many lessons are focused on debating topics and evaluating interpretations. These discussions, as well as the wide range of reading, support you as you become more analytical and evaluative of the concepts we study. In light of this support, you do not need to have studied the subject at GCSE or be religious. You are also actively encouraged to engage in wider exploration of the subject and to bring knowledge from other A Level subjects to gain further insight into your learning.

Most importantly the course will give you the tools with which to evaluate concepts and ideas which are fundamental to our society. Whether your focus is an individual search for meaning, or an exploration of the issues of freedom and justice, this course is about the relentless pursuit of a deeper, richer understanding of the world we inhabit.

Where can it lead?

This subject enables you to engage with people, what makes them tick, and be able to effectively evaluate their ideas.

This therefore makes Ethics, Philosophy, and Theology candidates very desirable to many professions. Students have gone on to study a diverse range of university subjects as well as continuing their exploration of Philosophy and Theology at university. This subject opens routes into many diverse careers as it provides a comprehensive foundation in reasoning and problem solving, with students going on to Law, Finance, Business, Politics, Human Resources, and Education.

Course Outline

Examination board: OCR Religious Studies H573

Entry Requirements

At least grade 6 RS GCSE (if studied) or a grade 6 at English Language GCSE.

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

i. Does the soul exist?

ii. Does God exist?

iii. Why is there evil?

iv. Can we define God?

v. Is language meaningful?

Paper 2: Religion and ethics

vi. Can we know how to be good?

vii. Is euthanasia moral?

viii. What is a moral business?

ix. What is ‘goodness’?

x. Sexual ethics

Paper 3: Developments in Christian Thought

xi. Are we morally corrupt?

xii. Is there an afterlife?

xiii. When should Christians fight?

xiv. What is the role of gender today?

xv. Should we turn to the Church or politics?

Assessment: Written Exam; three papers, each of two hours