Ethics & Philosophy

Examining Board OCR
Reasons for studying this subject

Religious Studies is a valuable, challenging and relevant subject because:

(a)  It examines moral issues in the Twentieth Century and encourages you not only to develop and express your own opinions and beliefs, but also to value those of others.  Those who plan to enter careers which offer a service to the public, or involve working closely with people, will find it a useful qualification.  Examples are: nursing, medicine, social work, teaching, the police and the armed forces.

(b)  It develops invaluable skills for those interested in careers in Law, Journalism and Management.  These are an ability to deal with abstract concepts, the competent handling of a variety of arguments, including their analysis and evaluation, and finally an ability to reach an informed decision.

You do not have to be a Christian or hold any religious beliefs.  You must be open-minded and willing to discuss issues. Good literacy skills are essential. Religious Studies is as academically demanding as any other subject.  It is usual for Religious Studies to be accepted by most major employers.

What you will be studying:

Modules 1 and 2 “Philosophy” include a study of the arguments for and against belief in God’s existence and an examination of the debate between Science and Religion.

Modules 3 and 4  “Ethics” include a study of contemporary issues eg. prejudice and discrimination, peace and conflict, environmental issues, abortion and euthanasia, poverty, crime and punishment.

In both modules you will consider a variety of different opinions and beliefs, including both religious and non-religious responses.  You will need to evaluate these responses and form your own conclusions. This study is a sound foundation for the AS course, as it introduces students to the philosophical skills of logical thinking and critical analysis.

How you will learn:

You will be involved in discussions, role plays, debates, research, presentations and an examination of a variety of sources, including newspapers, government reports, television programmes, videos, statements of various religious leaders and visiting speakers.  You will be expected to work in groups and individually at other times.

How you will be assessed

4 examination papers, 1 on each module, 1 hour each paper.  No coursework


Contact:            Mrs. E. Goldbey – Head of Subject