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Philosophy AS & A Level at Farnborough College of Technology

Course description

This course will equip you with the skills you need to explore your own views about some of the very big questions about the world around us – What is truth? What is morally right and wrong? Is there a God? What is thought? 

You will learn how to develop arguments which are logical and well-supported, as well as getting to grips with some of the greatest thinkers who ever lived.

Course content

AS Subject Content

  • Section A: Epistemology 
    Here you will study such diverse topics as perception and reality; the nature of knowledge and experience; reason and deduction and also consider what we might mean by the word ‘rational’
  • Section B: Philosophy of Religion
    Here you will study some of the arguments that have been made historically about the existence of God, critically evaluate religious language and consider the ‘problem’ of evil.

A2 Subject Content

  • Section A: Ethics
    You will extend your learning by considering what great thinkers such as Aristotle and Kant argued about virtue, authority, pleasure and morality. 
  • Section B: Philosophy of Mind
    The final module will consider the relationship between the body and the mind. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grade A*-C, including English Language. References will be required.


AS Level has one examination of 3 hours worth 100% of AS marks and 50% of A Level marks. 

A2 has one examination of 3 hours worth 50% of A Level marks.

There is no coursework.

Future opportunities

If you enjoy really stretching your mind and concentrating in detail on complex arguments you will find Philosophy a rewarding and maybe even life-changing course. Philosophy students can apply their skills in many different areas of employment, from journalism and teaching to politics and law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Farnborough College of Technology directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

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