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Philosophy A Level at Torquay Boys Grammar School

Course description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the key methods and concepts in philosophy through the study of four broad themes: Epistemology; Moral philosophy; Metaphysics of God; and Metaphysics of Mind. Students will develop and refine a range of transferable skills, such as the ability to ask penetrating questions, to analyse and evaluate the arguments of others and to present their own arguments clearly and logically.

Critical analysis, coherent thought, careful decisionmaking and clear presentation are important skills for Philosophy but also in themselves. They serve as valuable preparation for many careers.

At the end of the course it is hoped that each student will be able to think independently and will have a respect for reasoned argument. Many employers value flexibility of thought and the capacity of marshalling arguments in a coherent and compelling manner which this course offers. Students tend to follow a career in the following areas:
Law, Medicine, Accountancy, Commerce and Industry, Business Management, Journalism, Civil Service, Teaching, Politics, Research.

Philosophy is welcomed and valued by many professions.

Course content

Paper 1
Section 1: Epistemology
- What is knowledge?
- Perception as a source of knowledge
- Reason as a source of knowledge
- The limits of knowledge

Section 2: Moral Philosophy
- Normative ethical theories
- Applied ethics
- Meta-ethics

Examination: 3 hours

100 marks50% of A Level

Paper 2
Section 3: Metaphysics of God
- The concept and nature of ‘God’
- Arguments relating to the existence of God
- Religious language

Section 4: Metaphysics of Mind
- What do we mean by ‘mind’?
- Dualist theories
- Physicalist theories
- Functionalism Examination: 3 hours
100 marks 50% of A Level

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in English Language and/or grade B in Religious Studies. Also essential is an open and enquiring mind.


The teaching and learning strategies used during the course are intended to develop students’:
- knowledge of a range of philosophical and ethical topics and texts;
- understanding of the significance of the material studied, scholarship and experience, both past and present
- ability to express themselves clearly and logically in an intelligent argument and to make some attempt at critical evaluation.
This qualification is linear so students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2017

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