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Philosophy and Applied Ethics

Philosophy and Applied Ethics

Examination Board: OCR                                             

Specification code:   Full Course J621


Belief, of whatever kind, is something that affects the way people live and behave, and therefore is a vitally important area of study. At Stover we believe that there is more to being educated than simply the acquisition of knowledge and skill. We believe that part of the task of education is to help young people ‘to become fully human’.

Religious Studies: 

This course helps pupils investigate and respond to many of the fundamental questions raised by religion and human experience and to investigate and respond to some of the fundamental questions about the meaning and purpose of life.

  • Medical Ethics – abortion, euthanasia, suicide, IVF and animal research.
  • Equality – racism, sexism, equality, forgiveness and reconciliation.
  • Peace and Justice – war, pacifism, crime and punishment, social injustice, violent and non-violent protests.
  • Religion and the Media – use and influence, censorship and freedom of speech.
  • Poverty and Wealth – causes of hunger and poverty, concern for others, uses of money and moral/immoral occupations.
  • Human Relationships – the roles of men and women in society, marriage, divorce, sexual relationships and contraception.
  • The Nature of God – reasons why people believe in God, what they believe about God and the concept of miracles.
  • The Nature of Belief – concept of worship, prayer, meditation and fasting.
  • Good and Evil – origin of evil, natural and moral evil, suffering, sin and redemption, reasons for moral behaviour.
  • Death and the afterlife – body and soul, judgement, funeral rites.
  • Religion and Science – beliefs about the origin of the world and humanity, the place of humanity in relation to animals, stewardship and the environment.
  • Religion and Revolution – mystical and religious experiences, authority of the Bible, the incarnation.

These issues will be studied through Christianity and Hinduism.


Assessment: Two written examinations

Value: RS is a valuable preparation for adult life and for any career which requires critical and independent thinking. It engenders an awareness of the diversity of belief and an appreciation of alternative viewpoints. It is one of the Humanities fully recognised by Further and Higher Education. It has links to English, History, Law, Politics, Psychology, Medicine and Anthropology.

Mrs K Gardner BA