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Philosophy A level at Midhurst-Rother College

Course description

Why study Philosophy?
Do you have an enquiring mind? Do you sometimes find yourself asking questions about life and the world that there is no simple answer to? Maybe there are answers.

This course is like nothing you have ever studied before. It is nothing like your GCSE in Religious Studies. In this course we are concerned with looking at why and how the universe came into existence. We investigate the concept of good and evil and why bad things might happen.

Do you ever find yourself wondering about things that are right or wrong? Do we all go through the same processes to come to these decisions? Are there any set rules for this or do we make them up as we go along?

We all make decisions everyday of our lives. They can be simple or they can be highly complex and have a massive impact. Faced with the same situation twice we may make completely different and opposite decisions yet they might be correct on each occasion. We have to make moral choices about all kinds of things. This course will help you to do this.

Course content

A Level requires 3 papers
Paper 1: Philosophy of Religion

  • Philosophical Language and Thought (Ancient philosophical influences,Soul, mind and body)
  •  The Existence of God (Teleological, Cosmological and Ontological Arguments)
  •  God and the world (Religious Experience, Problem of Evil)
  •  Theological and Philosophical Developments (The nature of God, Religious Language)
  •  Religious language

Paper 2: Developments in Ethical Thought

  •  Normative Ethical Theories: Religious Approaches (Natural Law, Situation Ethics)
  •  Normative Ethical Theories: Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism
  •  Applied Ethics: Euthanasia, Business Ethics
  •  Ethical Language: Metaethics • Significant Ideas: Conscience
  •  Developments in Ethical Thought: Sexual Ethics

Paper 3: Developments in Religious Thought (Christianity)

  •  Augustine’s Teaching on Human Nature
  •  Death and the afterlife
  •  Knowledge of God’s existence
  •  The person of Jesus Christ
  •  Living: Christian moral principals, Christian moral action
  •  Developments: Religious pluralism and theology
  •  Gender and society
  •  Gender and theology
  •  Challenges of Secularism
  •  Liberation Theology and Marx

Entry requirements

Anyone intending to take Philosophy and Ethics at A level will normally be expected to have achieved 5 GCSEs (inc. English and Maths) at Level 9-4. This is an academic subject and will require you have a high literacy skill.


The course is delivered through tutorial style lessons with an emphasis on independent research and work. This is an academic subject which requires writing skill, which is practiced both in class and through independent learning.

Future opportunities

Although Philosophy is not a facilitating subject (because you do not require it to study philosophy or religious studies at University), Russell Group Universities see it as a “Highly Recommended” Academic Study. Students who follow A-level Philosophy often take the subject further and apply for philosophy or law courses at university. Philosophy A-level will support an application for a whole range of other courses that are not directly related. Popular progression routes in the past have included; Law, Journalism, Medicine and Politics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Midhurst-Rother College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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