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Ethics

A-Level

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!  

Year 1

  • 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:
  • Abortion
  • War
  • Euthanasia
  • Genetic engineering and embryo research

Year 2

  • Religious Language
  • Religious Experiences
  • Miracles
  • Revelation & Scripture
  • Attributes of God – eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent
  • Life after Death
  • Freewill and determinism
  • Conscience
  • All AS ethical theories + Meta-ethics, Virtue ethics applied to:
  • Sex
  • Business
  • Environment

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.

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Students achieving A Level grade A*- B

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Students achieving grade A* - A

My A-Level Ethics course prepared me for my degree because it taught me how to get really into the material by reading around the subject, which is necessary at degree level. It also prepared me for independent learning and self motivation as at university it is all very subjective learning and I found the A-Level Ethics course to be like that more so than my other A-Level subjects, Maths, English and Biology. I became a lot more self disciplined during my A-Level studies which set me up for university life perfectly to achieve the results I desired. I have gone to University of Liverpool to study BA (Hons) Mathematics & Philosophy so the deep logical and analytical problems I wrestled with in the Ethics classroom set me up well! Emily Haire

GRADUATED WITH FIRST CLASS HONOURS - UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL 2015

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