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Philosophy A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Ashbourne Independent School

Course description

Philosophy is a very popular subject at Ashbourne. It appeals to students from Arts and Science backgrounds. The goals of philosophy at Ashbourne are to train students to think, which takes place within focused debate in class, to produce philosophical investigation, which takes place in essays and to familiarize students with key questions and answers in the topics studied. The seminar style of teaching and learning, which is made possible by Ashbourne’s small class sizes, is ideal for studying the subject.

Philosophy trains students to ask questions about the things other people do not ask questions about. It also trains students to analyse and argue and by this means come up with some answers to the big questions. Philosophy combines well with almost all A Level subjects. As it improves logical, precise thinking it is a great help to those studying not only essay subjects but also Maths and Sciences.

Course content

There are four units in total: two at AS and two at A2.


  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion


  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Mind

Entry requirements

Ashbourne aims to attract students with good character and solid academic achievements. The college takes great care with admissions and interviews each applicant. The interview is friendly, informal and without obligation.



Section A: Epistemology
Section B: Philosophy of Religion

The students sit a 3 hours written paper. 80 marks are available. 100% of AS, 50% of A-level.


Section A: Ethics

Section B: Philosophy of Mind

The students sit a 3 hours written paper. 100 marks are available 50% of A-level

Future opportunities

This A level is a particularly good preparation for Philosophy or Law, which several of our students have gone on to study. However, Philosophy is a very well respected A Level which combines well with Arts and Humanities subjects and will benefit students aiming for courses and careers in almost every area.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashbourne Independent School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016

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