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Philosophy A Level at Ilkley Grammar School

Course description


  • develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy
  • help students gain a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques
  • enable students to develop the ability to reason, form their own judgements, express themselves coherently and contribute to the process of debate
  • show students how to consider philosophical problems through the study of a key text.

Course content

Metaphysics of God
Arguments relating to the existence of God
Ontological arguments
Teleological/design arguments
Cosmological Arguments
Problem of Evil
Religious Language

Philosophy of Mind
The mind-body problem
Logical/analytical behaviourism
Mind-brain type identity
Eliminative Materialism

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for Post-16: 5 grade 4/C at GCSE, preferably including English and Maths. Specific entry requirements: Grade 4 in religious studies or 4 in English if religious studies not taken at GCSE.


Section A: Metaphysics of God
Section B: Philosophy of Mind
50% of A-level
3 hour written examination
Total marks: 100
Section A: Five questions on the metaphysics of
Section B: Five questions on the metaphysics of

Future opportunities

Social Sciences, Law, Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, Nursing, Midwifery, Teaching and the Police Force.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilkley Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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