Often, we find ourselves in moral dilemmas: should we tell the truth and cause hurt or keep it quiet and cause more hurt? Should we do what makes us happy or should we consider the happiness or pleasure of others before our own? Throw that into the chasm of ultimate questions- like why are we here, is there a God or how do we know what we know- and you have the hyper-reality that is this subject.
Philosophy and Ethics seeks not to tell us what to think but HOW to think- looking at our own misconceptions and generalisations, infusing them with ancient and contemporary thinking, and coming to more reliable conclusions. This academically rigorous essay-based subject will test your knowledge, understanding, analysis and evaluation skills-whilst putting the world to rights in the process!
- Ancient Greek Philosophy
- Judaeo-Christian Philosophy
- Arguments for the existence of God – teleological, cosmological, ontological, moral
- Arguments against the existence of God – problem of evil, science
- Ethical theories – Kantian Ethics, Natural Moral Law, Utilitarianism, Religious Ethics applied to:
- Genetic engineering and embryo research
- Religious Language
- Religious Experiences
- Revelation & Scripture
- Attributes of God – eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent
- Life after Death
- Freewill and determinism
- All AS ethical theories + Meta-ethics, Virtue ethics applied to:
OCR Year 1 Ethics (Religious Studies) is comprised of two units:
G571: Philosophy of Religion- one 90 minute examination.
G572: Religious Ethics- one 90 minute examination.
You have a choice of 4 exam questions and you have to choose 2 (worth 35marks each – Paper Total 70). In Year 1 exams, the AO1 and AO2 skills are split into ‘a’ and ‘b’ questions, worth 25 and 10 marks respectively.
OCR Year 2 Ethics (Religious Studies) is comprised of two units:
G581: Philosophy of Religion- one 90 minute examination.
G582: Religious Ethics- one 90 minute examination.
You have a choice of 4 exam questions and you have to choose 2 (worth 35marks each – Paper Total 70). In Year 2 exams, the AO1 and AO2 skills are not split and you must use the detail of AO1 to form an AO2 argument, within the full essay.
Mr B. Whitaker
Head of Sixth Form | Ethics Teacher
It has always been in my blood to be argumentative and although I considered a number of other careers in my youth, RE is where my passion lies. I graduated in 2007 from St. Martin's in Lancaster and have worked at Accrington Academy ever since. My specific areas of interest are Kantian and Utilitarian ethical theory and arguments for and against God's existence. I am an avid reader and particularly enjoy leadership & personal development texts.
Miss R. Taylor
Teacher of Ethics
I believe that RE not only helps students academically, but it also helps them grow spiritually and morally into well rounded citizens. RE is intrinsic to all aspects of school life and is a critical element in preparing students for a constantly changing, dynamic world. I became an RE teacher as I wanted to give pupils the opportunity to develop their identity and sense of belonging, coupled with their consideration and tolerance of other people, their helpfulness and their own understanding of themselves.
Students achieving A Level grade A*- B
Students achieving grade A* - A
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