Curriculum Leader

Miss K Ratcliffe

Awarding Body

OCR Course Specification

Entry Requirements

Minimum of Level 5 in Religious Studies and at least Level 5 in English Language at GCSE level.

Why choose Philosophy and ethics?

Philosophy and ethics is an interesting and challenging course which encourages students to evaluate ideas on theories, the results have been excellent and students enjoy the different nature of this subject. It is a course which is well recognised by universities and colleges and can lead to a variety of career opportunities when studied alongside other relevant A levels.

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What will I learn in Year 12 Philosophy and ethics and how will it be assessed?

The course comprises 3 elements, all of equal weighting, Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought. You will study an area per term, areas of study will include:
• Natural Law
• Situation Ethics
• Euthanasia
• Death and The Afterlife
• Soul, Mind and BodyWhat will I learn in Year 13 Philosophy and ethics and how will it be assessed?

How will I learn?

You will learn through opportunities to:

  • Discuss and debate areas of Religion and Philosophy
  • Pair and group work exploring alternative views
  • Write essays
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What will I learn in Year 12 Philosophy and ethics and how will it be assessed?

The Y13 course also covers the 3 elements of Philosophy, Ethics and Developments in Christian Thought, building on concepts studies in Y12. The areas of study include:

• Conscience
• Gender and Society
• Liberation Theology

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Philosophy and Ethics and Religious Studies are the fastest growing courses in the country at degree level and this A Level is equivalent to any other A' Levels when completing UCAS applications. A significant proportion of our students in the last few years have gone on to study Theology, Philosophy or a related course.

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Many students go on to study different aspects of Philosophy, Theology or Ethics as subsidiary subjects alongside their major course of study. Many of our Philosophy and ethics students have also gone on to study, medicine, law, nursing and many of the sciences. For other students it is a subject chosen which is quite a change from their other A levels and something which challenges their brain in other ways.

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Further Course Information

Please consult to OCR website further content information and specimen exam papers or come and talk to Miss Ratcliffe, Mrs Ward, Miss Allport or Mrs Duhig.

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