Philosophy addresses the fundamental questions arising from our experience of the world, through a rigorous study of the ideas of some of the great philosophers. It is intellectually demanding and requires an inquisitive mind, but will equip you well for
employment and especially for higher education.
Philosophy develops thinking skills that are useful in supporting many other academic disciplines. It can be taken with any other A Level subjects, including the sciences, Maths and humanities.
A Level Philosophy will introduce you to the ideas of the great philosophers, including Plato, Descartes, Locke, Hume and Kant. You will study and begin to evaluate their answers to questions such as:
• What is knowledge, and what can we know with certainty?
• Is how the world “appears” to our senses how it “really” is?
• Can the existence of God be proved (or disproved)?
• Are there moral truths and if so what is their nature?
• Is mind distinct from brain or are mental phenomena (i.e. thoughts, feelings) simply properties of the brain?
Minimum average GCSE score required
4.25. Grade 5 English. Grade 4 in another
This course could lead onto higher education in Philosophy, the Social Sciences, Religious Studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Philosophy, People or Religion by working in Human Relations,
Research or Teaching or as a Newspaper Journalist, Local Government Officer, or in the Health Service.