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​​​​​Philosophy A Level




Qualification A Level



2 years


What will I study?

Philosophy explores questions which are about as fundamental as questions can be, questions which arise from our experience of life and our efforts to understand the world.

A Level Philosophy will introduce you to the ideas of the great philosophers, including Plato, Descartes, Locke, Hume and Wittgenstein.  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?



By examination.

Entry Criteria

Grade 5 English Language.  Grade 4 in another humanties subject.


Useful Supporting Courses

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.


Students have gone on to careers in / as:

Newspaper Journalist, Local Government Officer, Health Service Manager.