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Philosophy - A Level at Dinnington High School

Course description

A-level Philosophy provides students with a broad introduction to the study of Philosophy. This specification is designed to:

  • Develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy
  • Integrate themes and texts to allow teachers to plan the most suitable modules for the textual problems or the most suitable texts given their interest in other modules
  • Help students gain a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques
  • Enable students to develop the ability to reason, form their own judgements, express themselves coherently and contribute to the process of debate
  • Show students how to consider philosophical problems through the study of a key text.

Course content

Year One studies

Epistemology – realism, idealism and how concepts of knowledge relate to political and historical ideology. Philosophy of religion – why do people believe in God? Why does evil exist? Are we meant to suffer?

Year Two studies

Ethical issues such as sex ethics, crime, justice, war and killing. Philosophy of the mind – materialism, dualism philosophical zombies and behaviourism. We will study great philosophers including Plato, Hume, Locke and Descartes throughout the course.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C (or equivalent), plus at least a C grade in either English Language, Religious Studies or History.

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: 04 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • MRS L Sutcliffe-Burrows
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01909 550066
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • We are located by the side of a local college and on a major bus route, from Worksop and Rotherham.  Buses also run regularly from Sheffield.