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Philosophy A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

Philosophy (Pure) is all about thinking dearly and critically and working out your own arguments on the biggest issues of our lives. How do we gain knowledge? Where does our knowledge come from? What do we mean when we say something is'morally wrong?" The Philosophy (Pure) course provides an opportunity to address these and many other questions in a reasoned way whilst being introduced to the writing of the great philosophers. 

Course content

Course Content
Epistemology (the theory of knowledge)
Philosophy of Religion
Ethics (moral philosophy)
Philosophy of Mind 
Each course is supported by an on-line anthology (provided by the exam board) to enable you to examine these arguments in their original contexts. 
Teaching and Learning Styles We will use a whole host of cooperative and independent methods to assist your learning. All your learning experiences will be designed to enable you to fully understand the material and move swiftly from assimilating new information to applying it. One of the key skills you will be developing is the ability to evaluate arguments and communicate your response effectively. Each unit is accompanied by a bank of resources which are easily accessed. 

Entry requirements

  • English Grade C or above

Ability to think abstractly and critically. Interest in Philosophical issues.


The A Level will consist of external exams at the end of the second year.

Financial information

Optional trip to Rome may be offerred (approx £400)

Future opportunities

You can go on to do a degree course in Philosophy, but Philosophy (Pure) A Level is also highly regarded by university selectors for other subjects as evidence of thinking skills. In this respect, Philosophy (Pure) is a subject that complements many other areas of study including Law, Politics, History, Sociology, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Music It is a highly regarded and rigorous academic subject that will be of use to a wide range of careers including Journalism, Law, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Police work, Teaching and Public Relations. 
Philosophy (Pure) can be taken alongside Religion (Philosophy & Ethics). 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worcester Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

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