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Philosophy - AS at Wallington County Grammar School

Course description

Philosophy is the “Love of knowledge” and is the critical study of some of the ‘big questions’ in life. At AS, the course centres on the themes of Epistemology (the Theory of Knowledge), Political Philosophy and the Philosophy of Mind. Philosophy develops your analytical and evaluative skills through both studying what philosophers have said about the ‘big questions’ in life and, more importantly, through assessing their responses to these questions. The skills developed in the course are invaluable to success at both A2 and degree level in any academic discipline. Successful students will be naturally inquisitive and eager to challenge their preconceptions, whilst enjoying expressing their own opinions and justifying them with evidence from various sources. Furthermore, they will be willing to work independently, read both primary and secondary philosophical texts and be able to organise themselves to complete large pieces of work over several weeks. AS Philosophy does not ally itself exclusively to any one other subject, but students will find it at times links with Religious Studies, Politics and Government, History, Classics and English Literature, as well as serving as a contrast to more mathematical or scientific subjects.

Future opportunities

Career options include jobs related to Philosophy, people or Religion, e.g in Human Resources, research or teaching.Higher education options include degrees in Philosophy, the Social Sciences or Religious Studies.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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