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Philosophy and Ethics GCE A Level at The Mirfield Free Grammar & Mirfield College

Course description

The study of Philosophy and Ethics involves thinking critically to explore big questions about life and the universe. It focuses on the decisions made by people every day, and how we approach solving dilemmas whether that be through ethical or religious ideas.  The subject covers a wide range of topics, from attempting to answer questions such as 'Why does God allow evil and suffering to be a feature in our world?' to a variety of ethical debates. The course introduces students to the foundations of philosophy and ethics, covering key areas such as the philosophical arguments surrounding the existence of God and the study of ethical concepts and dilemmas.  Students will also focus on an in-depth study of Buddhism, learning about its history as well as key teachings and how they are applied.

Course content


Arguments for the Existence of God

The Nature and Influence of Religious Experience

The Problem of Evil

Religious Language

Work of Scholars

Influences of Developments

in Religious Belief


Environment and Equality

Ethical Theories

War and Peace

Ethical Language

Deontology, Virtue Ethics

and the Works of Scholars

Medical Ethics: Beginning and End of Life Issues


Religious Beliefs, Values and Teachings

Sources of Wisdom and Authority

Practices that Shape and Express Religious Identify

Social and Historical


Works of Scholars

Religion and Society

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements:Minimum of 5 GCSEs 9-4 or A*-C including English Language and Mathematics

Subject Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 4 in Religious Studies (Full/Short course) and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language

*Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers.

*All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements


Three external examination papers which are equally weighted

Financial information

16-19 Bursary Fund

This scheme was introduced by the Government to help students study. Contributions and payments ‘in kind’ have been made to students to help with their individual identified needs, such as:

   •   Travel

   •   Stationery costs and packs

   •   Books and revision guides

   •   Educational trips/residential trips

   •   University Open Day visit costs

   •   Employment/apprenticeship opportunities


Bursaries are available to students in the following categories:



Category One:

Students who are identified by the government at ‘most vulnerable’ will be eligible for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200.

Category Two:

Family income is below threshold for working tax credits/free school meals.

Category Three:

Students who have an extreme financial barrier, mitigating circumstances and/or a short-term specific educational or independent living cost.

Applications will be issued during Summer 2018 for students to return on Enrolment Day. 

For more information contact Sixth Form Admissions on 01924 483666 or email


Future opportunities

The course provides a foundation for the study of theology, philosophy and ethics at degree level. It is also a valuable choice for those who are considering the medical profession, social work or teaching because this course includes the study of theoretical and applied ethics. Some of our previous students have pursued careers in teaching, journalism, law and television production.

Further information

Philosophy and Ethics is suitable for students who enjoy a lively debate. It doesn’t matter what your personal beliefs are, but having an open mind is essential. Alongside this, good written and communication skills, research, problem solving and teamwork abilities are required to ensure success.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 September 2018
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