Philosophy & Ethics

Philosophy & Ethics entry criteria: 5 in English & 4 in Maths / 36 APS 

What is the subject about?

Philosophy & Ethics is a highly-respected subject that develops a number of valuable transferable skills. It is the study of great thinkers. Some of the topics studied in Sixth Form include the works of Socrates and Plato, arguments for the existence of God, the Problem of Evil and a varietyy of ethical theories.


What do employers say about this subject?

Philosophy & Ethics is an academic subject that is valued by many universities. You gain many skills such as the ability to spot flaws in arguments. Many people who study it go on to careers in law, government & politics, journalism, teaching and banking.

Key Stage 5

At KS5, we currently offer the OCR Religious Studies A-Level, choosing to study Philosophy of Religion, Developments in Christian though and Religious ethics. Philosophy of religion caters for those who are interested in examining and participating in arguments for and against the existence of God. Topics included are Ancient Greek Philosophy, Judaeo-Christian influences on the Philosophy of Religion, Classic Arguments for the existence of God, The problem of Evil and Religion and Science. Religious Ethics concentrates on ethical theories and how they respond to a variety of ethical issues. Topics included are absolutism and relativism, the link between religion and morality, natural law and Kant’s categorical imperative. Developments in Christian thought include topics such as ‘who was Jesus’ and Christian moral principles. More can be found about this course on the OCR website or by following this link:

Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion

(33% of total A-Level)

Unit 2: Religion & Ethics

(33% of total A-Level)

Unit 3: Developments in Christian Thought

(33% of total A-Level)

- Ancient Philosophical Influences


- The nature of the Soul, Mind and Body


- Arguments for the existence and non-existence of God


- The nature of Religious Experience


- The Problem of Evil


- The nature of God


- Issues in Religious Language

- Normative Ethical Theories


- Ethical Theories applied to contemporary issues of importance


- Issues in Ethical Language


- The significance of the Conscience


- Sexual Ethics and developments in religious thought

- Christian beliefs, values and teachings


- Sources of Christian wisdom and authority


- Practices which shape and express Christian Identity


- Significant social and historical developments in Christian theology


- Christianity and Society