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Religious Education (Philosophy and Ethics)

RE Philosophy and Ethics

Religious Education (Philosophy & Ethics)


Specification: OCR


Qualification type: A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades)

Religious Education 5 or 5 in other Humanities subject(s) or 5 in English if RE not studied at GCSE


Subject description

Philosophy of Religion

  • Ancient philosophical influences
  • Body and soul
  • Arguments for the existence of God
  • Religious experience
  • Challenge to belief: Problem of evil
  • Nature of God
  • Language



  • Normative ethics
  • Applied ethics to issues
  • Ethical language
  • Conscience
  • Sexual ethics


Developments in religious thought

  • Sources of authority/wisdom
  • Religious identity/practices
  • Social and historical developments
  • Religion in society


How the course is assessed

100% examinations at the end of A2 year for those who complete the A Level.


Post-18 opportunities

Religious Education A Level can be used to access a wide range of higher education courses. It has particular relevance for those entering the caring professions and can also be used to gain entry to careers involving dealing with the public generally, eg law, commerce, public relations, journalism medicine, education, politics and theology.


Teacher responsible:  Mr R Noble