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Philosophy at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

Philosophy breaks down the assumptions that we make about the world we live in and subjects them to close and careful scrutiny. We claim to know things, but what does it mean to have knowledge? Can we know things without sufficient evidence, and what might count as evidence? What does it mean to say that something is good and can we ever get close to a proper guide to moral thinking? What does it mean to say that you have a mind? Can a computer be conscious? These questions and more are considered in detail. We look at the various arguments that have been proposed as answers to them and attempt to offer some sort of evaluation.

Course content

There are four modules. The first two are studied in Year 12, the latter two in Year 13.

Epistemology
• What is knowledge?
• Perception (how reliable is our sense experience?)
• Reason as a source of knowledge (can we know things that we have not experienced?)
• The limits of knowledge (is there anything we cannot know?)
Moral Philosophy
• Normative ethical theories (methods of calculating what is right or wrong)
• Applied ethics (applying moral arguments to real problems such as theft, lying, eating animals, simulated killing – such as in video games)
• Meta-ethics (how we understand moral claims)
Metaphysics of God
• The concepts and nature of God
• Arguments relating to God (arguments for and against His existence)
• Religious language (can we speak meaningfully about the transcendent?)
Metaphysics of Mind
• What do we mean by ‘mind’?
• Dualist theories of mind (is the mind separate from the body?)
• Physicalist theories of mind (is the mind a product of the brain?)
• Functionalism.

Entry requirements

Standard 3 A level Programme:

The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme:

Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least five grade 7s or A/A* grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 6 (B) or above is required. The standard A level entry requirements also apply.

Assessment

As a linear course all examinations are at the end of the second year.
There are 2 three hour examinations, each accounting for 50% of marks.
Examination (100%)
Examining Board – AQA

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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