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Philosophy A level at Havering Sixth Form College

Course description

Philosophy is as rewarding as it is technically challenging. You will develop the higher order academic skills necessary for analysing and evaluating complex formalised arguments and abstract concepts in the history of philosophy.

Course content

You will subject existing philosophical arguments to rigorous criticism in a search for truth and meaning regarding issues in epistemology (the study of knowledge) and the Philosophy of Religion.

You will learn to construct your own carefully reasoned arguments, which will be examined on the base of precise detail, integration, a balance of views and arguments and lack of redundancy.

Some of the philosophical questions you will be exploring include:

  • What are the immediate objects of perception and is there such thing as an external reality? 
  • What is knowledge? 
  • How do we gain our concepts? 
  • Is the concept of God coherent? 
  • How successful are arguments for the existence of God? 
  • Can religious language be meaningful?

As Socrates said: “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

Entry requirements

One grade B and four grade Cs at GCSE, B Grade English GCSE, C Grade Maths GCSE, Successful completion of a diagnostic assessment.


Exam Body – AQA

100% Exam

Financial information

Compulsory Cost

£10 - Both Year 1 and Year 2, a charge for workbooks/revision booklets.

Future opportunities

Philosophy will help you develop those important critical thinking skills that are so highly valued by Universities and employers alike. In addition, it will provide vital support for your other subjects, teaching you to clarify your thoughts and construct more effective arguments.

It combines well with all subjects from Mathematics and Physics to History, English and Government and Politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havering Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years