This A Level is included within the Humanities A Level pathway as a Recommended Core subject. It is included in the following pathways as a Recommended Additional Subject: Business and Entrepreneurship; English and Communications; Law and Legal; Social Sciences. However, you can choose Philosophy with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
What is real? Is the truth out there? Is there such a thing as God or right conduct? And how do we go about finding out? These and other fundamental questions about ourselves is what you will consider in Philosophy. How do we know what's right & wrong and where does it come from? How do we understand the idea of God? What is the mind?
In Year One you will study: Epistemology (the way we see the world and the knowledge we can gain); Moral Philosophy. Topics in Year Two include: Metaphysics of God; Metaphysics of mind.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including grade 5/B in English Language. You should also be a strong, independent reader with an enquiring mind and a keen interest in exploring new ideas.
Future career and study opportunities
Philosophy strengthens your ability to analyse, to reason more effectively and to make sound judgements. These are skills in demand by employers and universities, business and management, education, social policy and many other sectors.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but many of the skills you will learn are essential to employability. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also need to contribute to any courses and visits you take part in, but costs are kept to a minimum.