A Level OCR Revision Summaries (Philosophy and Ethics) (ZigZag Education)

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A Level OCR Revision Summaries (Philosophy and Ethics)

Straightforward, concise, and comprehensive revision notes. Designed to cover an entire A Level OCR unit in 55 pages or less!

  • Bullet-point notes cover the need-to-know content.
  • Clear keyword glossaries make even the most complicated of terms accessible.
  • Extension 'Take it further' questions stretch and challenge the most able.
  • Student checklists to give them confidence they've covered everything!

Easy-to-use, jargon free guide, perfect for exam revision – or throughout the course as an end-of-topic summaries!

A valuable resource as it gives an excellent overview of the course [and is] easily digestible. H Kunda, Teacher & Independent Reviewer

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6059)
"It contains all the relevant material for the specification and covers everything quite thoroughly. The layout and presentation are consistent and logical, whilst the questions are also very probing. Furthermore, it recognises that some students may wish to study further and so lists additional revision sources... I particularly like how the guide gives a very detailed account of each key topic, including its strengths and weaknesses. The key words section is also very thorough and the alphabetical order means that you can easily absorb the information. The structure of each section is very consistent, making it easy to predict how the revision process will go. The entire guide’s bullet point presentation also makes the points easier to pick up... It gives the students all the knowledge that they will need to know for the exam (details of each key topic, its strengths and weaknesses). The student checks questions are a good means of testing what you have learnt at the end. Listing key terminology give students an entire of which terms to use in essays, helping them to access the higher marks."– M Ball, Religious Studies and Phillosophy Tutor, Independent Reviewer
"This could be used in different ways as well as the main use as a revision resource... The structure of the resource, with an overall summary, key word definitions and then summaries of the main points for areas gives a useful tool to use with students... it is detailed enough that they could be given these notes to help with revision and use to create their own resources, adding to their notes and any text books used... This would also be useful for teachers as either a quick reminder / revision allowing them to brush up before teaching... The ‘In a nutshell’ gives a straightforward summary... this could be given to students at the beginning of a topic or the end to allow them to get an overview of the whole unit... I also think that the key words mean that they could be used as a way of getting students to recognise and learn the words for the topic. As they have a lot to learn they could easily be given to students so that they could then learn what they mean for a test later in the unit. Or they could be given so that students can use it as a reference sheet during lessons when they are unsure of key terminology... The revision notes can also be used in other ways, such as a tool to support any essay exam question preparation. Using the notes as a way of checking what they need to put into their essay answer. Or they could use this to peer review other students work... I liked the use of abbreviations as this then helped when reading sections to help summarise the strengths / weaknesses. This helped to simplify and become less repetitive with words."– A Walmsley, RE Teacher & Independent Reviewer
"Bringing insight and clarity to these synoptic units of study. Each unit starts with an invaluable introduction giving a clear context to what the issues are surrounding the particular theory or ethical issue being covered. Key words are highlighted explained with clarity giving students and idea of the vocabulary expected when writing essays. Each ethical theory or issue has its central points systematically set out and so students can follow the progression of the points being made. The inclusion of an outline of the contributions to the topic made by a wide variety of philosophical thinkers provides students with plenty of material to formulate and cross-reference critiques suitable enough to meet the needs of a good level at AO2.The guide clearly builds on the strengths of the related AS guide; these being the clarity of the explanations given in each section (what is being said by whom, and how it fits into the theory or issue); the depth gone into (going beyond the brevity of some revision guides); and its academic integrity (employing the use of using original quotes and text, essential vocabulary and a broad array of philosophical input). The A2 guide has the added quality of online links to extend learning, access original texts as well as citing other sources such as relevant articles in Dialogue or RSReview and RS Revision. A particular bonus in this guide is the excellent evaluation and critique chart of religious and secular approaches to ‘Conscience’ (pages 19-21) – this is an absolute gift to those struggling with how to properly understand and apply these critiques.As mentioned above the accessibility to students of all levels is a particular strength of this guide. An example would be the outline of the differing views on freewill and determinism (pages 10-11). Here we see the primary philosophers set out in a clear and ordered fashion identifying their ideas and building or contrasting that with other thinking as it moves from hard determinists through soft determinism to libertarianism. This will be invaluable to many students. The methodical, sequential approach employed in setting out each section will allow for efficient revision of each ethical theory or issue being studied. Once again, bullet points are used to good effect allowing the students to see what explanation or comment is related to what point and now includes the added bonus of two charts giving visual clarity to students when comparing issues in a theory (for example the chart on Virtues p24). Quotes are, again, clearly set out using bold text and quote marks. Names of philosophers and key terminology are also highlighted well... Matches the specification exceptionally well. "
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (5971)
"A good resource and would be useful for all teachers of this specification. The resource provides useful notes about all the areas covered on the specification. This means that it would be useful for teachers as either a quick reminder / revision allowing them to brush up before teaching... The language used was just right for an A Level course meaning it would be accessible with students."– A Walmsley, RE Teacher & Independent Reviewer
"Absolutely fantastic... an excellent study guide. It contains all the relevant material for the specification and covers everything quite thoroughly. The layout and presentation are typically consistent and logical, whilst the questions are also very probing. Furthermore, it recognises that some students may wish to study further and so lists additional revision sources... I particularly like how the guide gives a very detailed account of each key topic, including its strengths and weaknesses. The key words section is also very thorough and the alphabetical order means that you can easily absorb the information. The structure of each section is very consistent, making it easy to predict how the revision process will go... The ‘in a nutshell sections’ were actually quite good, since they gave a very brief overview of the subject without regurgitating too much information... The student check questions are a good means of testing what you have learnt at the end. Listing key terminology give students an entire of which terms to use in essays, helping them to access the higher marks... The bullet point style also makes the material very easy to absorb, and the use of different bullet points for different sections / sub sections helps to break all the material down."– M Ball, Tutor & Independent Reviewer
"Very thorough and covered the key points from the unit in a clear and concise format using subject specific language but expressing the point in a way that pupils can understand... I liked the amount of ground it was able to cover in a short and succinct way. The author has successfully selected the most important bits of information from each topic... Sometimes at A level it can be useful to introduce the whole topic in brief at the beginning and then pick up on parts in depth later. This allows pupils to form links with other parts of the topic... it picks out the key information and covers the main parts and gives information from more than one perspective - an important aspect of the specification."– H Kunda, RS Teacher & Independent Reviewer
"One of the best set of revision notes i have come across. From the outset the 'bigger picture' is identified for each unit covered saying how it fits in to the syllabus as a whole and why it is important. Key words are carefully explained and the guide then takes the student through each area of an ethical theory or issue in a systematic way, incorporating the critique of relevant philosophers and theologians, clearly outing why their critique is important... Three things particularly strike me about this resource, firstly, the clarity of the explanations given in each section of what is being said by whom, and how it fits into the theory or issue -an example of this is the explanation of the formulations of Kant's Categorical Imperative, i shared this with students who were struggling with this and the fresh explanation and examples used gave it context and meaning. Secondly, the depth gone into goes beyond the brevity of some revision guides and reminds students why they need to know this and how it relates to the issues at hand. Finally, whilst this guide is accessible to students who may otherwise struggle; it maintains its academic credibility, using original quotations and correct, relevant and necessary vocabulary; this is a resource that will more than adequately support the needs of my more gifted students... As mentioned above the accessibility to students of all levels will allow those who could struggle to maintain pace and understanding, those who may be mid-level in the subject to improve, and the resource also provides those who are excelling in the subject to expand their knowledge and understanding further. An example of this would with the 'Take it further' sections and wider reading links added to the resource... The systematic approach is clearly set out for students to follow. Boxes are well (and not over) used to draw the eye to relevant sections. Bullet points are used to good effect allowing the students to see what explanation or comment is related to what point. Quotes are clearly set out using bold italics and quote marks. Names of philosophers and key terminology are also highlighted well."– P Allen, Head of Religious Studies & Independent Reviewer
a valuable resource to have as it give as excellent overview of the course and allows the pupils to gain a good general understanding of the topics in a short space of time. It explains key terminology clearly and effectively.I liked the way that lots of information was condensed clearly and concisely into a simple format so that it is easily digestible for a wide range of pupils. - H Kunda, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
A very good, comprehensive resource- perfect alternative to revision flash cards. The entire unit specification is there in one easy to read booklet... the glossary is excellent and succinct.How does the resource match and interpret this specification?Exceedingly well- all content is there: breadth is excellent. In fact, the revision booklet follows the same order as the recommended scheme of work. All content/information provided would be very helpful for any exam question. - C Allen, Teacher, Examiner and Independent Reviewer
A Level Ancient Greek Influences on Philosophy of Religion Judaeo-Christian Influences on Philosophy of Religion Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God Challenges to Religious Belief God as Creator Goodness of God Ontological Argument Cosmological Argument Teleological Argument Moral Argument from Kant Plato Aristotle The Problem of Evil Religion and Science, Ethical Theories, Absolute and Relative Morality, Natural Law, Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism, Religious Ethics, Christian Ethics, Applied Ethics, Abortion, the Right to a Child, Euthanasia, Genetic Engineering, War and Peace


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