A Level Philosophy at Meadowhead
A Level Philosophy
What does the course involve?
Philosophy is the study of wisdom, examining the world and pondering questions that life presents.
We study life questions surrounding knowledge, belief, existence and actions. We look at the theories posed by philosophers regarding these areas. You’ve probably asked yourself some of life’s most important questions already such as:
“Does science challenge belief in God?”, “How do we decide between right and wrong?”, “Are we really free?”, “Why is there evil and suffering in the world?”, “Should euthanasia be legal?” “What is knowledge?” “Are the mind and body separate”?
Will this course suit me?
This A Level is designed to develop skills of analysis and evaluation through an examination of arguments and evidence put forward by philosophers.
You will enjoy the course, if:
You are looking for a course that is rigorous, challenging and academic
You enjoy discussion and debate, reading new ideas and challenging views and theories.
Unit 1: Epistemology
What is knowledge? Can we trust our senses? How do we know what we know?
Unit 2: Moral Philosophy (Ethics)
How do we make moral decisions? What is the right thing to do and how do we know? What does ‘good’ mean anyway? You will explore theories such as utilitarianism, Kantian ethics and virtue ethics.
Unit 3: Metaphysics of God
What do we mean by ‘God’? Are there are any good reason for believing in God? Is ‘God’ a meaningful concept anyway? How can we believe in God with all the suffering in the world?
Unit 4: Metaphysics of Mind
What do we mean by the mind? Are mind and body separate? What is their relationship?
English Language GCSE at Grade 5 or above.
All units will be assessed with a written examination at the end of Y13.
The course provides the opportunity to develop an enquiring mind, develop literacy skills and the ability to construct an argument. This A Level is increasingly regarded by employers in a range of careers, such as law, marketing, journalism, advertising, medical services, social work, counselling and psychotherapy, the police, broadcasting and publishing.
You can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in Philosophy, Ethics, Theology, Religious Studies or to degrees in related subjects such as English Literature or History. It is highly thought of in Universities as an academic subject.
To find out more talk to Mr. Lawrenson (Humanities Faculty).
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.