Philosophy & Theology (including Ethics) A Level

About the Course

Philosophy and Theology (including Ethics) encourages learners to think rigorously about fundamental questions of truth and human understanding. It also introduces students to the academic study of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics. The course explores a range of Philosophy issues, including Mind, Body and Soul (Plato and Aristotle), The Metaphysics of Consciousness, Arguments for the Existence of God an The Problem of Evil and Suffering.  The OCR course requires the study of Ethical Theories such as Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Natural Law and Kantian Ethics, which are then applied to a variety of contemporary issues such as Euthanasia, Business Ethics and Sexual Ethics. Finally the Development in Christian Thought section explores topics such as Human Nature and the Origin of Sin, Death and the Afterlife, The Person of Jesus, Pluralism and Gender in Society.

Exam Board



Grade 6 in English language (Grade 5 will be considered in relation to GCSE performance overall).

Course Content

Following examination reformation, the department have made the decision to move away from the restrictive new A level specifications and have selected a programme of study that is more engaging and appropriate for our students.  It is a qualification largely delivered previously by independent schools however many secondary schools are now promoting this high value qualification. Assessment is awarded as follows: Distinction 1,2,3; Merit 1,2,3; Pass 1,2,3. All assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 and comprises three exams ranging from 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes.

Beyond the Classroom

Last year students visited the Houses of Parliament and visited the theatre in London to see The Book of Mormon. Students also visited the cinema in order to support the Religion and Film unit. Several visiting speakers came into school to engage in dialogue with our students.

Your Future

Where will success take me? The skills that you will learn in Philosophy and Ethics will be useful to you in any number of careers; teaching, youth work, journalism, civil service or government, to name a few. If you're thinking of a career in law or medicine then this qualification is looked upon favourably for undergraduate courses too.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mrs A Fielding
Hall Cross Academy
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