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Philosophy AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

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.

Course content

In the Lower Sixth (AS) we will be asking questions like:

• What is the difference between knowing

and believing?

• How do we know what we know?

• Is there anything at all which it is impossible

to doubt?

• 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

questions like:

• 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?

Entry requirements

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:

Unit 1:

• Reason and Experience

• Why should I be governed?


Unit 2:

• 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:

Unit 3:

• Political Philosophy.

• Moral Philosophy.


Unit 4:

• The second is based on J S Mill’s ‘On Liberty’.




Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
 be payable before submitting your application.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millfield School directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.