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Group Three IB Philosophy HL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Course Content Outline:

What is a Human Being? - This theme tackles the key questions of the meaning, purpose and identity of Humanity. It includes such issues as whether we are merely animals, the existence of a soul and the possibility of knowing ourselves and others.

Ethics - In this module, students evaluate the key questions of ethics and apply them to medicine, the environment and animal rights.

Philosophy of Religion (Higher Level only) - This theme tackles some of the oldest questions known to humanity, such as ‘How convincing are the arguments for the existence of God?’ and ‘Why is there evil and suffering?’

Plato’s “Republic” - This important work on politics, philosophy and the origin of knowledge is as relevant and controversial today as it was nearly 2500 years ago.

Coursework - An essay of 1600-2000 words.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.







Paper 1

2 ½ hours. Worth 40% of final level.

1 ¾ hours. Worth 50% of final level.

Paper 2

1 hour. Worth 20% of final level.

1 hour. Worth 25% of final level.

Paper 3

1 hour. Worth 20% of final level.



Worth 20% of final level. A 1600-2000 word essay.

Worth 25% of final level. A 1600-2000 word essay.


Future opportunities

Where will it lead?

Employers value the transferable skills that philosophy teaches. Philosophy is ideal for any student wishing to take up careers within law, journalism, education, business, management, publishing and politics.

Further information

What skills will you gain?

By the end of the course, students should be able to: analyse problems, think creatively and independently, evaluate opposing perspectives, identify weaknesses in arguments, assess debates and arguments critically.


Why do this subject?

It prepares students for university through the critical thinking, abstract ideas and textual study that they will have to be engaged in. Philosophy is held in high esteem by universities and will be a formidable addition to anyone’s qualifications.

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 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years