Course Outline 

The Philosophy AS/A2 Level course introduces students to some central philosophical ideas, their development and their importance today. The course divides into two parts with two exams at the end of the course. 

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rodin_thinker_philosophy02Year 12 Philosophy students will study Epistemology and Moral Philosophy. Epistemology is the study of knowledge itself: what knowledge is, whether we can have knowledge, how knowledge can be acquired and how it relates to truth, belief and justification. Moral Philosophy is a branch of philosophy that investigates questions such as “What is the best way for people to live?” and “What actions are right/wrong in particular circumstances?” In practice, ethics seeks to resolve questions of human morality, by defining concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime. 



philosophers1Year 13 Students will study Philosophy of Mind and Metaphysics of God. Philosophy of Mind is a branch of Philosophy that studies the nature of mind, mental events, mental functions, mental properties, consciousness and their relationship to the physical body, particularly the brain. In Metaphysics of God you will explore the concepts/ nature of God, look at a few arguments for/against the existence of God that you may already have studied in GCSE Religious Education and question whether it makes sense at all to talk about God. In Metaphysics of God we will not study the belief of a particular religion.

Entrance requirements and skills needed

Philosophy students need to have independent and inquisitive minds, good analytical and literary skills. Students will be expected to be able to read philosophical text and follow complex arguments. They should be able to evaluate their reading and support their own ideas effectively. For these reasons, philosophy complements most areas of study.

Assessments - AQA Qualification

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The AS and A Level exams are 100% exam based.

The AS level exam consists of one 3 hour exam.

The A Level exam consists of two 3 hour exams at the end of Year 13, one of the exams will have similar content to the AS exam. Each of the two papers is worth 50% of the final grade.


Why Study Philosophy

Philosophy students are trained to think hard both critically and creatively.

  • Skills in problem analysis and problem solving are fostered throughout the course.
  • Communication skills are developed throughout the course, particularly when learning about and responding to philosophical concepts.
  • Philosophy is looked at favourably by employers and academics alike. It assists in careers in government, business and the service professions.
  • It is massively beneficial to careers in law, medicine and politics.
  • Future studies can include further Philosophy, Theology, English, Psychology, Physics and Politics.

For more information contact Mr M Kallander.

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