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Philosophy AS/A-Level at Highams Park School

Course description

The Philosophy AS/A2 Level course introduces students to some central philosophical ideas, their development and their importance today. The course divides into two sections, with the option of doing only an AS at the end of the first year. Year 12 students (AS) will study some of the following topics: Why should I be governed Political philosophy Why should I be moral The idea of God Knowledge of the external world Tolerence The value of art God and the world Free will and determinism Year 13 students (A2) will study some of the following topics: Philosophy of the mind Political Philosophy, Epistemology and metaphysics Moral philosophy Philosophy of religion Set text

Entry requirements

Students need to have independent and inquisitive minds and a general interest in people and society. Students will be expected to know and understand texts and arguments, to evaluate their reading and to express and support their own ideas and effectively. For these reasons, philosophy complements any other area of study. No particular background in terms of specific subjects studied at GCSE is expected or required.

Future opportunities

Philosophy students are trained to think hard, to think both creatively and critically about their understanding of things, as well as about the perceptions of others. They are trained to listen carefully, to ingest information, to analyze information, to assess information for pertinent solutions, and to communicate their responses clearly, concisely, and honestly. Because Philosophy tends to attract better-than-average students, philosophy helps in carrers in government, business and service professions, and in graduate and professional studies such as law, medicine, and the ministry, as well as academic disciplines such as Philosophy, English, Anthropology, Psychology. The choice of career course is limited only by the individual’s personal design. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Philosophy, which could lead onto higher education in Philosophy, the Social Sciences, Religious Studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Philosophy, People or Religion by working in Human Relations, Research or Teaching. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for

Further information

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

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highams Park School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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