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Philosophy AS/A2 Level at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College

Course description

This specification has been designed to enable students to gain a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes and techniques.

Students will develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy itself.

At AS, the specification concentrates on a number of key philosophical themes, such as knowledge and ethics. At A2 students select two themes to study in depth and focus on philosophical problems through the study of a classic text.

Philosophy complements many other disciplines and can be studied on its own at university or in conjunction with a range of subjects, such as mathematics, politics, psychology, literature, history or modern languages.

Course content


Unit 1: An Introduction to Philosophy 1 (PHIL1)

  • Why Should I be Moral?
  • Reason and Experience (introduction to theory of knowledge).

Unit 2: An Introduction to Philosophy 2 (PHIL2)

  • Tolerance
  • Knowledge of the External World



Unit 3: Key Themes in Philosophy (PHIL3)

  • Moral Philosophy; Political Philosophy

Unit 4: Philosophical Problems – Set Texts (PHIL4)

  • Plato’s Republic

Entry requirements

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For each unit, there will be a written paper of 1 hour 30 minutes.

Candidates will answer questions on two of the topics, and each question will consist of two parts worth 15 and 30 marks.



Unit 3: A written paper of 2 hours. Candidates will answer two 50 mark questions on two of the themes.

Unit 4: A written paper of 1 hour 30 minutes. Candidates will answer one compulsory 15 mark question and one 45 mark essay on one of the texts.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

Key information

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