OCR A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Developments
Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Developments is a
fascinating A Level. It provides students plenty to think
about and helps to sharpen skills in critical thinking,
discussion and persuasive writing – all skills which will be of
great benefit to in later life, whether students choose to go
on to further study, or move into the world of work. During
the two year course students will study the following 3 units:
Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion
Ancient philosophical influences; soul, mind and body;
arguments based on observation; arguments based on
reason; religious experience; the problem of evil; the nature
or attributes of God; religious language: negative, analogical
or symbolical; religious language; twentieth-century
perspectives and philosophical comparison.
Unit 2: Religion and Ethics
Natural law; situation ethics; Kantian ethics; utilitarianism;
euthanasia; business ethics; meta-ethical theories;
conscience; sexual ethics.
Unit 3: Developments in Christian Thought
Augustine’s teaching on human nature; death and the
afterlife; knowledge of God’s existence; the person of Jesus
Christ; Christian moral principles; Christian moral action;
religious pluralism and theology; gender and society;
gender and theology; the challenge of secularism; liberation theology.
A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.
Grade 4 in Religious Studies (if studied)
AND Grade 5 in English Language OR Literature
An A Level in Religious Studies demonstrates that students
have skills that increase their employability, especially in
careers which demand attention to detail, empathy with other
peoples’ views and the ability to argue fluently.
Religious Studies A Level combines well with most subjects
including: English Literature, Sociology, History and Psychology.
Individuals with a qualification in Religious Studies progress
to a wide range of careers, such as law, the police and
social services, health care professions, teaching, politics