What do we study at A Level Philosophy & Ethics?

Exam Board: OCR A Level Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics of Religion) 

Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient influences on Philosophy
  • The Nature of the Soul and existence of God
  • The problem of Evil
  • Issues in Religious Language
  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 33% of the qualification

Paper 2: Religion and Ethics

  • Ethical Theories
  • The Application of Ethical Theories to contemporary issues
  • Ethical language
  • Debates surrounding the Conscience
  • Debates surrounding Sexual Ethics
  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 33% of the qualification

Paper 3: Developments in Religious Thought

  • Religious beliefs and values
  • Historical context and change in belief and practice over time
  • Sources of religious wisdom and authority
  • Religious practices that shape identity
  • The relationship between religion and wider society
  • Written examination: 2 hours
  • 33% of the qualification