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Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

In Religion, Philosophy and Ethics you will explore life’s ‘big questions’. Philosophers and theologians throughout history have asked questions which still challenge minds today. In Religion, Philosophy and Ethics you will critically study the nature of reality and explore ethical dilemmas.

Subject content

In the religious strand of the course you will study Christian theology. You will take an academic approach to studying the origins of the Christian tradition and the development of Christian belief. You will study how contemporary Christianity has engaged with modern society, including its responses to feminism, pluralism and secularism.

In Philosophy you will study metaphysical questions, such as: Is there a God? Can we trust our senses? Is there an ultimate reality? What is the nature of evil?

In ethics you will study ethical theories and inquire into the nature of human morality. Is there such thing as an objective source of morality? Are we free to make moral decisions? Does the end always justify the means? Are any actions always wrong?

You can view OCR course specifications by clicking on the link below;

Religious Studies on OCR

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in either English Language or a Humanities subject (e.g. History, Geography, Sociology).

Assessment

This is an OCR Religious Studies qualification with three examinations at the end of two years.

Progression opportunities

Students studying this subject at A Level often go on to study history, theology, philosophy and other related humanities subjects at university. Students may go on to careers in teaching, journalism, medicine, ministry, social work and politics and many more. Famous students of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics include Martin Luther King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ricky Gervais, David Cameron and Ed Miliband.

Meet the A Level expert

Liam Small

Liam has a degree in Theology and Religious Studies from York St John University and a PGCE from Teesside University. He has been teaching for five years.

Liam said: “As well as giving you the analytical and evaluative skills to produce advanced level writing, RPE will give you the opportunity to tackle some of the most important questions in life, unpacking the beliefs you hold and being challenged by the beliefs of others. You will also gain the skills needed to address moral dilemmas sensitively and the confidence to put forward a strong argument. This course will give you an insight into the ideas which have shaped Western culture and an understanding of the role of religion in contemporary society and politics.”

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