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Philosophy AS/A2 Level at ARK Globe Academy

Course description

Year One (AS)

Unit 1: An Introduction to Philosophy 1

Reason and Experience

We encounter the world through our senses – but does what we sense shape what we think? Can we think of things we could never actually sense?

Why should I be moral? This theme investigates what we should value and why.

Why should we be moral? Is morality just self interest, or something else?

Unit 2: An Introduction to Philosophy 2


This theme explores the nature and limits of tolerance for individuals and societies– what it is, its value and its problems.

The Value of Art

In this theme we will look at the reasons why art is valued – is it because it tells the truth, because of what it expresses or because it is beautiful ?

Year Two (A2)

Unit 3: Key Themes in Philosophy

Political Philosophy

This theme explores issues in liberty, rights and human nature.

Moral philosophy

This theme investigates the nature of moral truth –moral rights, duties, principles and their consequences.

Unit 4: Philosophical Problems

In this unit we will examine some important philosophical texts – ‘On Liberty’ by Mill and Plato’s, ‘The Republic’ or Nietzsche’s, ‘Beyond Good and Evil’.


Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

B at GCSE in English Language and a Humanities subject.


Units are all assessed by external examination.

Future opportunities

Philosophy is valued by universities and employers because of the skill it develops in those who study it –the ability to think clearly, consistently and critically. Philosophers are well equipped to analyse and develop arguments, vital skills for success in higher education and the world of work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact ARK Globe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years