Philosophy A Level at Queen Elizabeth High School
Philosophy is the study of ultimate questions. What can I know about the world? How can I know what is right and wrong? What is the meaning of existence? We all live our lives according to personal philosophies; for example, we react when our individual rights are abused but rarely take the time to ask why we have rights or where they come from. A Level Philosophy will give the opportunity to begin to discover how these questions have been answered over the centuries since Socrates kick-started western philosophy 2500 years ago. You will also learn to evaluate these answers and begin to formulate your own.
Section A: Epistemology
Section B: Philosophy of Religion
Section A: Moral Philosophy
Section B: Philosophy of Mind
Requires learning through discussion, individual research and wider reading. Abstract thinking is required for all the topics. Assessment is all exam based. Both AS and A2 exams have short and long answer questions: at A2 the emphasis is on the longer answer questions.
Students who take philosophy may go on to study philosophy or politics at university or combine philosophy with another subject like English (or even German in a recent case). Philosophy develops your analytical reasoning skills both in writing and discussion and might lead to careers in law, journalism and politics.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth High School directly.