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Religious Philosophy & Ethics 2020/2022


Philosophy of Religion includes an exploration of key and ultimate questions. There is much room for discussion and personal opinions, whilst taking into account past and present philosophical thinkers and their works. The Ethics element of the course incorporates both the study of ethical theories and their application, looking at issues such as Conscience, Business Ethics, Sexual Ethics and Euthanasia among others. The study of Buddhism involves an exploration of Beliefs, Practices, Authority, History, Values and the impact of Religion on Society as a whole.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: OCR
Qualification Title: Religious Philosophy and Ethics
Qualification Specification Code: H573
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the OCR webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:
Philosophy of Religion: Ancient influences, arguments for and against the existence of God, religious experience, the problem of evil, soul, mind and body and life after death, the nature of God and issues in religious language.

Ethics: Normative ethical theory, application of ethical theory, ethical language and thought, debates surrounding the significance of conscience, the influence of ethical thought on developments in religious belief and the philosophy of religion.

Buddhism: Beliefs, values and teachings, how they have developed historically and how they are presently discussed. Key areas covered in this unit include: the significance of the Buddha, exploration of the Buddhist world view, meditation and Buddhism in contemporary society.

Possible Career Paths

This course supports a range of careers such as Law, Medicine, Social Work, Journalism, Teaching and so on. Universities recognise this course as a valuable academic subject, which will enable students to develop the key skills needed for higher education.

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mrs Downie, Mr Goddard, Mr Yapp

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