Philosophy, Ethics and Cultural Studies



GCSE Philosophy, Ethics and Cultural Studies

Looking at Morality and belief in Great Britain and how belief and behaviour are located in the teachings of both Christianity and Islam. The “how” and “why” of what we do !

The new OCR GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies specifications are designed to help learners develop knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism, humanism and secularism.

  • Modern and engaging – Your students can gain a deeper understanding of two religions, and explore philosophy and ethical studies in the modern world.
  • Designed to inspire – The specification includes exciting content that explores relationships and families, peace and conflict, belief in God and non-religious belief.
  • Skills for today’s world – Religious Studies can open up the possibility of in-depth debate, which leads to critical evaluation and analysis.
  • Straightforward assessment – It has a simple, clear assessment structure that consists of two written examinations

Is Evil actually a ‘thing’?, Why we cannot Euthanise the old or sick?, Is Marriage out of date? Can we ever get rid of Poverty in the world? Etc. These are some of the thought provoking questions that students will face, in order to gain a greater understanding of the world they live in. Lots of debate, lots of arguing, lots of fun.


100% exam in May. 3 exams - answering questions on:

  • Beliefs and teachings & Practices (01–05)
  • Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective (06–10)



A Level Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

In the business world Philosophy and Ethics is known as a ‘signaller,’ meaning that a person with the subject on their CV is a good candidate, as it shows their ability to argue responsibly and that they have developed listening skills. They are also able to use rational logic and a higher level of thinking in order to solve problems; to think outside the box. Students wishing to study Law, Physics and Medicine have also found the course extremely helpful in their higher education.


The specifications for both AS and A2, are made up in three papers: Philosophy, Ethics and Islam. Each paper has equal examination weight of 33%. There is no coursework option.


Year 12

The AS Philosophy course begins with the study of two great Ancient Greek philosophers; Plato and Aristotle. Their thoughts and theories can still be seen in evidence in today’s societal structure. The course moves on to the philosophical arguments for the existence of a deity, the problem of evil in society and the science versus religion debate. AS Ethics contains the study of perfection and purpose with the concepts and thoughts of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the maxim of duty with Immanuel Kant. AS Islam paper explores prophecy and revelation, tradition, God is one, human destiny, the Shar’a and Sufism theory.

Year 13

The A2 Philosophy course starts with concepts of mind and body (dualism vs. materialism), religious experience and religious language. Studying the philosophies of Rene Descartes, William James and Ludwig Wittgenstein, specifically. The A2 Ethics course focuses on meta ethics, free will and determinism, as well as conscience and situation ethics (including sexual and environmental ethics). A2 Islam looks at science and philosophy, gender equality, tolerance, justice and liberation.