A Level Philosophy at St Bede's Catholic College
We offer AQA AS/A level Philosophy.
Philosophy is the study of major issues of life and knowledge, drawing upon an influence and ideas of western philosophers in a lively and interesting way. Philosophy is about using rational argument and logical thinking to gain an insight on life’s big questions. It seeks to ask questions rather than seek answers and in doing so provides a greater understanding of the world we live in, and of yourself! Philosophy students will develop general skills like the ability to think logically, analyse critically, communicate articulately and accurately, both orally and in writing. It has immense benefits that support a wide variety of careers as well as helping improve your learning in other subjects!
At AS level you will be introduced to Philosophy in two parts. The first part includes subjects like ‘The idea of God’, ‘reason and experience’ and ‘Why should I be moral?’ The second part includes themes such as ‘Realism and Idealism’ and ‘Free will and determinism.’ The first year will provide you with skills in critical thinking, analysis and debate from where you will be able to apply what you have learnt at A2 level.
At A2 you will study ‘key themes in philosophy’. Here you will study subjects including moral, political and religious philosophy. The second topic will focus on ‘philosophical problems’ where you will be given the opportunity to explore some of the issues pondered by great philosophers over the years.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bede's Catholic College directly.