RESULTS DAYS: A-level and BTEC Level 3 - Thursday 15 August. GCSE - Thursday 22 August

Philosophy & Ethics


Philosophy & Ethics Faculty

Mr P Chapman

Mrs R Cummings (Year 13 only)

For more details on our Philosophy & Ethics curriculum, please contact or 01202 578886 ext. 0204

KS4 Curriculum

OCR GCSE Religious Studies (9-1) J625

Why study Philosophy & Ethics?

Philosophy & Ethics / Religious Studies encourages learners to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in debate and discussion about life in a modern pluralistic society.

Learners will be encouraged to develop and understand personal values and beliefs, with an emphasis on critical analysis and the ability to construct balanced and informed arguments within the context of religious, philosophical and ethical awareness.

Content overview:

Beliefs, Teachings & Practices – Christianity (J625/01)

1 hour written paper – 63 marks – 25% of total GCSE

Beliefs, Teachings & Practices – Buddhism (J625/04)

1 hour written paper – 63 marks – 25% of total GCSE

Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective – Christianity (J625/06)

  • Relationships and families – religious teachings about the nature and purpose of families in the 21st century, sex, marriage, cohabitation and divorce. Issues related to the nature and purpose of families; roles of men and women; equality; gender prejudice and discrimination
  • the existence of God, gods and ultimate reality, and ways in which God, gods or ultimate reality might be understood; through revelation, visions, miracles or enlightenment
  • religion, peace and conflict; violence, war, pacifism, terrorism, just war theory, holy war; the role of religion and belief in 21st century conflict and peace making; the concepts of justice, forgiveness and reconciliation
  • dialogue within and between religions and non-religious beliefs; how those with religious and non-religious beliefs respond to critiques of their beliefs including the study of a range of attitudes towards those with different religious views – inclusivist, exclusivist and pluralist approaches.

2 hour written paper – 126 marks – 50% of total GCSE