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Philosophy AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This subject is still a legacy A level. This means that the result of the AS exams contributes 50% to the overall A level marks, the second 50% coming from exams at the end of year 13 on the A2 modules. 

Course content


Unit 1: Section A: Epistemology

Unit 2: Section B: Philosophy of Religion 


Unit 3: Section A: Ethics

Unit 4: Section B: Philosophy of Mind 


How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):

  • Reading primary texts / text books independently
  • Debate and discussion
  • Investigative research
  • Multi-media presentations


Skills you will need:

  • Self-motivation
  • Interest in extensive reading
  • Independent learning and self-organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Reviewing and modifying
  • Critical analysis and logical thinking
  • Communication - orally and written Risk taking and reflective thinking 

Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.



Examination Only (1 Paper – 2 Sections) 3 hours.


Examination Only (1 Paper – 2 Sections) 3 hours.

Future opportunities

This course is highly rated by Admissions Tutors at Higher Education institutions in supporting a wide range of academic disciplines. It encourages transferable skills that are valued in a variety of career progressions. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information


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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.