Philosophy A Level

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code TRC48
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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?

How will it be delivered?

Two 3hr exams.

Paper 1: Epistemology and Ethics.

Paper 2: Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Mind.

Entry requirements

Minimum average GCSE score required 4.25. Grade 5 English. Grade 4 in another Humanities subject.

Your next steps...

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.