A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Theology
Theology is 'developments in Christian thought'. The philosophy of religion specification asks these questions:

Can the existence of God be proved?

How do we make moral decisions?

Are my mind and body separate?

What do we mean by theodicy?

These questions are fundamental and the material covered in the specification not only provides students with a good understanding of how these debates have, so far, been framed, but also acts as a springboard for consideration and discussion of students’ own ideas.

Why study this subject at A-Level?

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics have been taught for millennia and have a strong academic background. The course will have covered a wide range of current issues.

There are no standard answers for many of these, and each person must think them through for themselves. The skills of reasoning and the appreciation of the breadth of opinion are relevant to many jobs and areas of further study.

The course lends itself well to journalism, teaching, law, and much more. Those wishing to pursue a career in medicine also find the medical ethics sections useful and advantageous.

Those with an enquiring mind into the fundamental questions and issues that are raised should find the approaches of ethics, religion and philosophy a fascinating and taxing combination.

Summary of the course

A-Level Philosophy comprises four topic areas:

  • Philosophical language of thought
  • The existence of God
  • God and the World
  • Ethical theories

Course content:

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • The Existence of God
  • Religious Experience
  • The problem of Evil
  • Situation Ethics and Euthanasia
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Liberation theology
  • Business ethics
  • Sexual ethics
  • Feminist theology

You not just develop your knowledge and understanding of the content but also develop the use of philosophical analysis (conceptual analysis and argument analysis). You will become skilled in analysis and evaluation of philosophical arguments within the subject to form reasoned judgements. Contained within each topic is a list of texts. You will learn to demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to make a reasoned evaluation of, the arguments set out in those texts.

How is the qualification assessed?

Paper 1: Philosophy

  • What’s assessed: Section 1. How it’s assessed: Written exam, 2hrs 33 1/3%

Paper 2: Ethics:

  • What’s assessed: Section 2. How it’s assessed: Written exam, 2hrs 33 1/3%

Paper 3: Developments in Christian Thought

  • What’s assessed: Section 3. How it’s assessed: Written exam, 2hrs 33 1/3%
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Entry Requirements

Applicants will require at least a Grade 6 in a GCSE Humanities subject or a Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or Literature.


OCR H573

Component 1 (33 1/3%)

2 Hours

Component 2 (33 1/3%)

2 Hours

Component 3 (33 1/3%)

2 Hours

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