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Philosophy (A Level) (AQA) at Wilson's School

Course description

Philosophy is best seen as asking and attempting to answer questions in a search for the truth. What do we know? How do we know it? What is it that knows? What is our “mind”? Do we have a soul? Is there a God? Can we prove God’s existence? Can we know our own minds? These are just a few of the questions that will be discussed during the course. You will also be introduced to a number of seminal works of Philosophy.

Philosophy is a subject that will appeal particularly to those who enjoy discussion and debate, who are prepared to think hard about abstract questions and not settle for superficial answers, who enjoy reading and who are prepared to work hard at expressing themselves clearly and precisely both orally and in writing. No previous knowledge of Philosophy is required to study the subject. Philosophy works well in any combination of art or science subjects.

Course content

Lower Sixth units:

  • Epistemology
  • Moral Philosophy

Upper Sixth units:

  • The Metaphysics of God
  • The Metaphysics of Mind

Entry requirements

At least a grade 7 in either English Language or English Literature or a grade 7 in History.


AS Level examinations at the end of the Lower Sixth year assess the topics studied in this year.

A Level examinations at the end of the Upper Sixth year assess the topics studied in both years.

Future opportunities

All good universities offer courses in Philosophy either as a discrete subject or as a component of a combined degree course. A very high percentage of Wilson’s students studying Philosophy have gone on to study the subject at university. Employers look very favourably on the thinking skills that graduates in Philosophy have and there are numerous career opportunities in areas ranging from business, law and teaching, to journalism, the media and the civil service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilson's School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years