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Philosophy A - AS level at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College

Course description

In A Level Philosophy, we think about some of the deeper questions of life, such as 'Does God exist?', 'Is it possible to know anything?', 'What is our relationship with the world around us?', 'What is the nature of the mind?' and ’How should we live?’ You will learn about some of the most influential answers offered by philosophers in response to these questions. You will learn to interpret and evaluate a philosophical theory using standard tests such as how well the theory agrees with our intuitions, whether there are any counter-examples to the theory, and whether the theory is internally coherent. This course will equip students with a set of transferable skills such as the ability to analyse arguments made by others and the ability to form their own ideas into a logical, coherent theory. These are skills which can be applied successfully to everyday situations as well as to many academic subjects other than Philosophy itself. Careers that make good use of the skills acquired are law, journalism, politics and advertising.

Course content

This course consists of 2 exams; 1 in the first year and 1 in the second. Each exam will test your knowledge and understanding of the topic as well as your ability to structure a reasoned argument. In the AS year, you will study:

Unit 1: Epistemology
This is theory of knowledge and includes topics on perception, the definition of knowledge and the origin of concepts and the foundations of knowledge.

Unit 2: Philosophy of Religion
In this unit we look at the concept of God and whether it is coherent, arguments for and against the existence of God and the nature of religious language.

In the A2 year, you will study:

Unit 3: Ethics
In this unit we ask: how do we decide what is morally right to do? We look at some ethical theories and then consider the nature of ethical language

Unit 4: Philosophy of Mind
In this unit we look at the question: what is the relationship between the mind and the body and we assess how different theories of mind have answered that question.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grades A - C, including GCSE English Language and Maths.
To go on to A2, you need to have at least a Grade D at AS Level Philosophy

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shooters Hill Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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