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Hi, I will be doing A level Philosophy & Ethics (religious studies) and it will be on the OCR exam board. I am just wondering what topics or units you specifically learn about on the OCR course in AS & A2 year? How is the course broken down and what is the subject content? I'd just like to know what to expect.
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If you search the OCR website you can find the syllabus which will be much more useful than me, but I'll give it a shot anyway:

AS:
Philosophy:
Ancient Greeks (Plato and Aristotle):
-Looking at Plato and Aristotle's main theories
Judeo-Christian Influences
- How the Bible presents God as Creator and the goodness of God
Existence of God
- Ontological argument from Anselm and Descartes and the challenges from Gaunilo and Kant
- Cosmological argument from Aquinas and Copleston
- Teleological argument from Aquinas and Paley
- The moral argument from Kant and psychological challenges from Freud
Challenges to Religious Belief
- The problem of evil
- Religion and science

Ethics:
Ethical theories
Natural Law
Kantian Ethics
Utilitarianism
Religious Ethics
Applied Ethics (Medical ethics and War and Peace)

A2:
Philosophy:
Religious Language
Religious Experience
Miracles
Nature of God
Life After Death

Ethics:
Meta-ethics (ethical language)
Free Will and Determinism
Conscience
Virtue Ethics
Applied Ethics
- Using the theories from AS, plus Virtue ethics and information from the following topics themselves
- Sexual Ethics
- Environmental Ethics
- Business Ethics

Let me know if you need anything explained x
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Oh, um there's no coursework involved at all. You are tested by two exams at the end of each year- one in ethics and one in Philosophy.

The exams are 1hr30 and you're expected to write two essays per exam. In AS this will be four questions as each essay is split into Part A) where you describe/explain and Part B) Where you provide your analysis. In A2 these parts are put together.

But by the time the exam rolls around you'll have written so many essays the format will be second nature to you xx
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(Original post by Rebecca_Kathleen)
If you search the OCR website you can find the syllabus which will be much more useful than me, but I'll give it a shot anyway:

AS:
Philosophy:
Ancient Greeks (Plato and Aristotle):
-Looking at Plato and Aristotle's main theories
Judeo-Christian Influences
- How the Bible presents God as Creator and the goodness of God
Existence of God
- Ontological argument from Anselm and Descartes and the challenges from Gaunilo and Kant
- Cosmological argument from Aquinas and Copleston
- Teleological argument from Aquinas and Paley
- The moral argument from Kant and psychological challenges from Freud
Challenges to Religious Belief
- The problem of evil
- Religion and science

Ethics:
Ethical theories
Natural Law
Kantian Ethics
Utilitarianism
Religious Ethics
Applied Ethics (Medical ethics and War and Peace)

A2:
Philosophy:
Religious Language
Religious Experience
Miracles
Nature of God
Life After Death

Ethics:
Meta-ethics (ethical language)
Free Will and Determinism
Conscience
Virtue Ethics
Applied Ethics
- Using the theories from AS, plus Virtue ethics and information from the following topics themselves
- Sexual Ethics
- Environmental Ethics
- Business Ethics

Let me know if you need anything explained x
Thank you so much that was really helpful!! In A2 do you learn more about different religions or not?
Thank you xxx
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