A Level Philosophy

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code AA18
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Philosophy investigates the deepest questions about what it means to be human. What can we know about the world we live in? Can we trust our experience of the world? Philosophy gives us logical and reasoned methods for discussing such questions. Philosophy asks you not to be too quick to jump to conclusions and aims to develop keen, independent thinkers. You will develop your transferable skills such as the ability to ask and discuss penetrating questions, the analysis and evaluation of complex arguments and the ability to present your own arguments logically and clearly.


Year One You will explore questions such as: • What is knowledge? • Is what we experience an illusion? • Where does our knowledge come from? • What does it mean to live a good life • How do we know what is right and wrong?

Year Two The second year examines questions to do with the relationship between mind and body. Where does our individual identity come from? Students will also explore the philosophy of religion by questioning the concept of God.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or English Literature.

Your next steps...

Philosophy is useful for a whole range of degrees: Law, Medicine, Pharmacology, Biomedical Science, all other Sciences, Politics, Sociology, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, English, Maths and many others. Business values clear and independent thinking skills. Journalism and advertising see logical presentation of ideas as important. Social work, public services, medicine and law see a background in ethics as important.