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Philosophy A level at King Edward VI Sixth Form College

Course description

Whilst Philosophy literally means ‘love of wisdom’, it is not, generally, a subject with a body of truths or theories to be learnt, but an activity in which you engage when trying to answer questions that go to the heart of the meaning of life itself. To get the most out of studying this subject you will need an enquiring mind, an ability to express yourself clearly and coherently, and a willingness to question everything you ever thought was real or true.

What does the course cover?
During the AS year you will explore questions such as:

  • What is real?
  • What is God?
  • What can I know?
  • What does it mean to be a tolerant person?
  • Why do we think that it is better to live in a tolerant society?

    A2 study allows you to develop a deeper knowledge of some of the themes you studied in your AS year. You will explore topics such as philosophy of the mind and philosophy of religion. The A2 course will provide an opportunity for an in-depth study of a philosophical text – currently Descartes ‘Meditations’ – which explores many of the themes examined in year 12.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Course code: 36000511644020


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