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Philosophy A Level at Wallington High School for Girls

Course description

Philosophy isn’t a subject but a way of life that has the potential to profoundly change the way you think and live. If you’re interested in improving your ability to think clearly, logically and objectively by debating some of the most important and exacting questions of human history then Philosophy is for you. But be prepared as it’s not for the faint of heart. It should be noted that this is the first year that we offer a ‘pure’ philosophy course as opposed to Religious Studies. Thus, no aspect of this course is focused on a study of any particular religion: it’s philosophy all the way.

Course content

Unit 1
Epistemology (Theory of Knowledge) - Key questions include: To what extent can we trust our senses? What is reality? What is knowledge? Can we know anything for certain? Where do ideas/concepts come from?

Unit 2
Philosophy of Religion – Key questions include: Does the concept of God make sense? Is it reasonable to believe in the existence of God? To what extent can we meaningfully talk about God?
A2 level

Unit 3
Ethics – Key questions include: How should we decide right from wrong? What makes a person good or bad? What is the status and meaning of ethical language? Is ethics just a matter of opinion?

Unit 4
Philosophy of Mind – What is the relationship between the mental and the physical? Are we more than just flesh and blood? What is the self? Is personal identity fixed, in constant change or non-existent?

Entry requirements

An A grade in GCSE Religious Studies.


The course is assessed by examination only.

Future opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to a) examine, debate and discuss their own ideas in an open, respectful but exacting forum b) engage with some of the most influential and insightful minds in human history, c) develop their ability to think and write clearly, logically and convincingly.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wallington High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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