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Philosophy at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Philosophy?

The word Philosophy is from the ancient Greek, meaning “the love of wisdom”. If you are not afraid of challenging ideas and new perspectives, then Philosophy is the subject for you.

You will encounter some of the biggest questions humanity has ever asked, adn be trained in techniques for discussing them intelligently in order to reach perceptive conclusions. As 20th Century British philosophyer Bertrand Russell put it, "Through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind is also rendered great".

As a Runshaw Philosophy student you will have the chance to join the Philosophy Academy in which you extend your studies through interpreting films, reading extracts from texts, and contributing to large debates.

It is also possible to study Philosophy as a single subject at university, or study it in a wide range of combinations with other subjects such as Politics, Economics, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.

Philosophy will provide you with a range of skills that are valued by employers and you will find Philosophy graduates in a hugely varied range of jobs.

What will I study?

Such questions as:

  • Is our perception of the world reliable?
  • does the existence of the universe require an explanation?
  • what is the mind, and can we explain consciousness?
  • is it possible to build a machine that has a mind (i.e.artificial intelligence)
  • how should we make decisions about what is morally right and wrong?


Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x grade B equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.
For Philosophy specifically, this should include Grade 5 in English.


100% written examination

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

  • Advertising Executive
  • Business Manager
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher

Philosophy enables one to be better equipped to study other subjects by enhancing evaluative and analytical skills, and by developing your capacity to go to the heart of any issue and bring the important questions into the light.

Further information

Which subjects complement this A-level?

Philosophy combines with a wide variety of other A Levels but is particularly enhanced by Religious Studies and other humanities subjects.

Other related subjects are:

• English
• Government and Politics
• History
• Law
• Mathematics
• Psychology
• Sciences

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: 30 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LAPHIL

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