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Philosophy A Level at Strode College

Course description

Philosophy is thinking about thinking. The study of Philosophy is suitable for students of all subjects as it provides an opportunity to investigate the origins of human thought in areas such as religion and ethics. Together we will ask some of the big philosophical questions such as: Has our universe always existed or did it begin?; Is this world the real world or a shadow of the true reality?; ‘Does God exist?; Do the needs of the many outweigh the few?; ‘Is War ever morally justified?’; ‘Why should we be governed?’; and ‘Does time exist?’

Course content

The course is mainly taught via structured discussion in the classroom which creates opportunities for you to develop your skills in argument, analysis and evaluation of the philosophers and philosophies studied. You will be introduced to western thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Aquinas and Dostoevsky and, as the course progresses, you will become part of humanity’s continuing ‘great conversation’.

All subjects have a philosophical underpinning and the study of Philosophy helps students understand the thinking behind theories and ideologies. The subject is taught via the Socratic Method which encourages students to think about Philosophy for themselves. You will also be given the opportunity to theorise about some of the big questions and put forward your own arguments in support of or opposition to some of the great western philosophers. Gaining skills in philosophical writing can help improve your expertise in essay and report writing.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*- C or equivalent, including English Language and Maths as this course requires skills in logic and extended writing.


The course is assessed by written exams.

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Preparatory reading such as Sophie’s World or Plato’s Republic is encouraged. There are also many excellent online resources for students of philosophy and these are accessible to all.

Future opportunities

Philosophy and Religious Studies are prized by universities because of the academic skills students often demonstrate. Famous Philosophy students include Matt Groenig (‘Simpsons’ creator), Ricky Gervais (Comedian) and Jonathan Dimbleby (Journalist). Philosophy also forms part of the Politics, Philosophy & Economics (PPE) degree; famous graduates of this programme include Bill Clinton (Former US President), David Cameron (Current UK Prime Minister) and Aung San Suu Kyi (former Burmese Activist and now a Politician, Noble Laureate and UN Ambassador).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Strode College directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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