A Level Philosophy Level 3

Full Time

A Level Pathways

Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways to help guide you towards your career goal. You should choose and follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed. Other subject choices are also available depending on timetabling.

This A Level is include within the following A Level pathways as a CORE subject: Humanities; and in the following pathways as an ADDITIONAL SUBJECT: Business and Entrepreneurship; English and Communication; Law and Legal; Social Sciences; Maths, Physics and Computer Science. (Other options may also be available, depending on timetabling).

About the course

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 and the world are the stuff of 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?

Topics in Year One include: 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 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/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.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including grade 5/B in English Language and Maths. You should also be a strong, independent reader with an enquiring mind and a keen interest in exploring new ideas.

Where next?

Philosophy strengthens your ability to analyse, to reason more effectively and to make sound judgements – skills in demand by employers and universities, business and management, education, social policy…. You get the idea

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a work experience component but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: robert.tylee@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk