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Philosophy A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description

Students are encouraged to:

  • Develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of major debates and questions in philosophy and in ethics
  • Interpret and critically evaluate philosophical concepts and ethical issues and engage with the original philosophical texts
  • Examine the relevance of certain arguments of scholars and develop your own philosophical position

The course is academically challenging but it will reward those who are able to respond positively to a range of values and beliefs which may be very different from their own. If offers an opportunity to learn and analyse some of the most influential ideas ever conceived. In addition to supporting Humanities subjects, it is also valuable for those considering careers in a variety of fields, in particular those related to medicine, law, social work, psychology and business. The course will develop your ability to understand difficult concepts and clear, logical argument which is a skill colleges and universities identify as essential for further academic study.

There is a particular emphasis of the study of philosophers’ ideas with reference to their texts. Students therefore need to enjoy reading and persisting with complex text to ascertain its meaning. Each section below contains some of the important questions we cover.

Course content


Epistemology (theory of knowledge)

  • Human perception
  • Argumentation
  • The nature of human experience
  • What is required for there to be knowledge?
  • What is truth?
  • Are there innate ideas
  • Do all ideas originate from our experience?
  • What can be known by reason alone?

Philosophy of Religion

  • What is meant by the concept of ‘God’?
  • Can the existence of God be proved?
  • Is evil proof of God’s non-existence?

Philosophy of Language

  • What is the function of language?
  • Is some language meaningless?
  • Can we talk about history, love or God?


Moral Philosophy

  • What do we mean by good?
  • How do we decide what is good?
  • Utilitarianism Kantian Ethics Virtue Ethics (Aristotle)

Philosophy of Mind

  • Are the mind and the brain the same thing?
  • What is human consciousness?
  • Are we free beings?
  • Is our behaviour a matter of brain chemistry?

Entry requirements

Attain at least a C grade in English Language or Mathematics GCSE. English Literature: B.


  • AS - One 3 hour exam
  • A2 - One 3 hour exam

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years