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Philosphy A Level at The Norton Knatchbull School

Course description

Philosophy is essentially the search for wisdom. If you thought there was lots you knew, be prepared to discard that belief. If you have always wondered why, and been unwilling just to accept what you are told, this could be the course for you. If you value clear and logical thinking, consider this subject.

Course content

 What follows is just a snap shot of what we will discuss.

We would consider the very basis of knowledge. Questions such as: How do we acquire knowledge? What counts as reliable knowledge? Is there certain knowledge? Is knowledge justified true belief? What happens if your justification turns out to be false? Is getting knowledge from a teacher enough to say that it must be true? What further checks could you carry out to make this knowledge more certain?

We will consider whether the attributes of God are logically impossible. For instance, can an omnipotent God make a stone so heavy he cannot lift it? Can the existence of God be proved logically or empirically? If God is all-knowing, does that mean he already knows our future?

There is the opportunity to consider ethics. Are we free or determined? If the latter, can we be held responsible for our actions? Do we have objective ethical truths or is our morality relative? How do we approach ethical dilemmas? Is it clear what course of action is the best? If you are faced with a choice to save five people you do not know, or one you do, what do you choose to do?

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 in English


Paper 1 - Epistemology (Theories of Knowledge) and Moral Philosophy

Paper 2 - Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind

Future opportunities

Big business – the City firms, the banks, the management consultancies, the chartered accountants – are enthusiastic about people who’ve done philosophy, because they know how to think clearly. Philosophy students also go into law, politics, and the civil service. Journalism is a logical career path, since you have to be able to write well and present ideas logically and clearly.

Further information

A Level (a two year course, leading to assessment in summer 2020)

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September