Philosophy and Ethics

Student Quote

"I really enjoy looking at different perspectives on ethical issues such as abortion and euthanasia’

‘Studying Philosophy and Ethics has enabled me to develop skills that have supported my studies in other areas”

Exam Board

  • OCR

Entry Requirements

  • A Grade B in GCSE English and a Grade C in GCSE Mathematics. A GCSE in Religious Education would be beneficial but not essential.


Unit G571: AS Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient Greek influences on Philosophy of Religion; Our focus is on Plato, his analogy of the cave, his concepts of Forms (especially the Form of the Good) and his concept of body/soul. When we move on to Aristotle we will be focusing on Aristotle’s ideas about cause and purpose in relation to God and his understanding of the relation between body and soul
  • Judaeo-Christian influences on Philosophy of Religion; Our focus here is on the concept of God as creator and the goodness of God.
  • Traditional Arguments for the existence of God; We will study the Ontological, Cosmological and Teleological Arguments for the existence of God. We will also look at the Moral Argument and challenges to it
  • Challenges to Religious Beliefs

Unit G572: AS Religious Ethics

  • Ethical Theories;
  • Applied Ethics topics including Genetics Engineering, Euthanasia & War & Peace

The A2 Philosophy and Ethics course outline:

Unit G581: A2 Philosophy of Religion

  • Religious language;
  • Experience and Religion;
  • The Nature of God;
  • Life after Death and Miracle (External Assessment)

Unit G582: A2 Religious Ethics

  • Meta-ethics;
  • Free will and Determinism;
  • Conscience;
  • Virtue ethics;
  • Applied ethics topics (External Assessment)


100% examination

Progression routes from this course

Philosophy and Ethics is recognised by most employers and university courses as being a clear indication of good communication and analytical skills. Students who have studied Philosophy and Ethics have gone on to University study, Philosophy, English Literature, Law, Media, Nursing and Psychology to name but a few.