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Philosophy AS & A Level at The Camden School for Girls

Course description

You may often have asked yourself philosophical questions without realising that you were doing philosophy. Questions such as:

  • What is the mind and how is it related to the brain?
  • Am I ever free to choose or are all my choices determined by factors that are beyond my control?
  • Why should I be tolerant of others?
  • Is our political system the best that we can have?
  • What would an absolutely fair society be like?
  • Why does the universe exist?
  • Does God exist?
  • Is morality just a matter of opinion?

Studying straight philosophy involves not only asking and trying to answer these questions, but also thinking as carefully and clearly as possible about what such questions mean. If you find yourself being puzzled by questions of this kind then philosophy could be the subject for you.

Course content

AS Level

  • Epistemology (Theory of knowledge: how do I know what I know?)
  • Philosophy of Religion (What are the arguments for and against God’s existence)

A2 Level

  • The Philosophy of Mind. (Is the body related to the mind or are they two separate concepts?)
  • Moral Philosophy (Can we know what good universally is or is it purely subjective?)

Entry requirements

All applicants must have an academic reference from their current school stating their predicted grades. These must in all cases include GCSEs at level 6 or above in English language and maths, and 3 other GCSEs at or above grade B.

Assessment

In AS there will be one exam in May/June lasting three hours. The paper is in two halves covering both topics.

In A2 the subjects will be examined in June. There is no coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Camden School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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