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Philosophy - AS & A2 at The Crest Academies

Course description

The AS course offers a thorough grounding in doing Philosophy. It examines the view so f Key thinkers past and present. It is a challenging and academically demanding course.  It is accessible to candidates of any religious persuasion or none. There is a wide choice of topics although in practice this will be restricted to two units.

The A2 specification enables candidates to study in greater depth aspects of one or more Philosophical School of Thought, and includes the study of a Philosopher’s book. There is also an extended essay component.

Entry requirements

It is an academic subject so you need 5 A*-C passes including English, but not necessarily Religious Studies. You will need to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to your studies as you develop knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a specialist study.



The AS is a one year course consisting of two Units, where the first theme of Unit 1 is compulsory.

The A2 is gained by completing two more Units in the second year.

AS  Unit 1 – PHIL1

An Introduction to Philosophy 1

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes 90 marks

Candidates must answer two questions.

Unit 2 – PHIL2

An Introduction to Philosophy 2

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes 90 marks

Candidates must answer two questions.

A2    Unit 3 – PHIL3

Key Themes in Philosophy

30% of A Level

Written paper, 2 hours 100 marks

Candidates must answer two questions from two different sections (ie on two themes).

Unit 4 – PHIL4

Philosophical Problems

20% of A Level

Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes 60 marks

Candidates must choose one section and answer the compulsory question and one essay question.

Unit 1a.  Reason and Experience

Unit 1b. The Idea of God

Unit 2a. Knowledge of the External World

Unit 2b. Free Will and Determinism

Unit 3a. Political Philosophy

Unit 3b. Moral Philosophy

Unit 4a. Text


Future opportunities

The aim is to develop critical and evaluate skills useful at university. The main links are with Law, History, Sociology and English. However many students who go to medical courses have found R.S. at AS very useful.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Crest Academies directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

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