Philosophy AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School
AS and A level Philosophy was not created so that
people could study it; it was, and is, the by-product
of the attempt to understand our experience at the
most fundamental level possible. If you want to
make that attempt, join us; if you just want to study,
go somewhere else. Philosophy is essentially an
activity rather than a body of doctrine; our teaching
reﬂects that. The course complements the full range
of A level choices.
Does the moon still exist even when we can’t
see it? How do we know? Can we prove that we’re
not dreaming right now? These are some of the
questions that we try to answer. Philosophy is
difﬁcult to deﬁne, really, it’s about questioning
everything – in the attempt to ﬁnd certain truth.
If you enjoy arguing, exploring and discussing, this
might be the subject for you.
In the Lower Sixth (AS) we will be asking questions like:
• What is the difference between knowing
• How do we know what we know?
• Is there anything at all which it is impossible
• What would life be like if we had no laws?
• Is democracy the best type of government?
• Do we really have free will, or is it just an
In the Upper Sixth (A2) we will turn our attention to
• What right has the government to force
us to do things we don’t want to do?
• Is free speech always a good thing?
• Can morals ever be true?
• Ultimately, is happiness all that matters?
• Can war ever be justiﬁed?
• Which is the best political ideology:
liberalism, conservatism or socialism?
A minimum of grade B in English Language at GCSE
is essential and a grade A is desirable.
The examination is based on timed essays, so each
week pupils sit a written test to summarise the
discussion and notes from that week’s topic.
The AS examination consists of two papers, each
11/2 hours long. Each paper consists of two themes:
• Reason and Experience
• Why should I be governed?
• Knowledge of the External World
• Free Will and Determinism
The A2 examination consists of two papers,
the ﬁrst lasting 2 hours and the second 11/2 hours.
The ﬁrst of these two papers consists of two themes:
• Political Philosophy.
• Moral Philosophy.
• The second is based on J S Mill’s ‘On Liberty’.
ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
be payable before submitting your application.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millfield School directly.