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Philosophy AS/A Level at Allerton High School

Course description

Why are we here? What is our purpose? These are questions we ask and explore in Philosophy. Living in a multi cultural society means any career that you choose will involve you in working with people from different cultures and have different perspectives on the world and reality, to be informed is an advantage.

This is a liner exam which means all sections are assessed at the end of the 2 year course.



Course content

This course is for you if you enjoy a good debate, can offer reasoned arguments to back upyour point of view and can see both sides of a discussion on philosophical and ethical issues.

First Year

Unit 1

Epistemology – Perception what is it? Issues of realism, Berkley’s idealism,  Necessary and Sufficient Conditions and Knowledge Empiricism.

Unit 2

Moral Philosophy - looking at Utilitarianism, Kant’s Deontological Ethics, Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics, The status of Ethical language cognitivism and non-cognitivism.


Second Year

Unit 3

Metaphysics of God – exploring the arguments for the existence of God, the nature of God/ultimate reality, the problem of evil and religious language

Unit 4

Metaphysics of Mind – exploring Dualism, Conceivability, Qualia, Materialism, Functionalism and Brain Type Identity Theory.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of 5 grades at 9-5 at GCSE or equivalent including English and Maths with a Grade 5 in English.




There is no coursework for AS Level Philosophy; instead there are two separate examinations in June.  The examinations assess your ability to present an argument for and against a subject, discuss the argument and evaluate your own opinions, alongside the views of scholars/philosophers.


Unit 2- Written Exam

Unit 4 - Written Exam


Unit 2 - Written Exam

Unit 4 - Written Exam

Future opportunities

Most establishments value a qualification in Philosophy.  You can use it to enhance your Degree course or use it on your CV to show your understanding of an interest in Philosophy.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Corcoran at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770.

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: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770