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Philosophy A-Level at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

A-level Philosophy provides students with a broad introduction to the study of Philosophy. This specification is designed to:

• develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy

• help students gain a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques

• enable students to develop the ability to reason, form their own judgments, express themselves coherently and contribute to the process of debate

• show students how to consider philosophical problems through the study of a key text

Course content

We follow the OCR specification, an examination board which is well known for its rigour and academic standards.

AS At AS level students study 2 units of work.

Unit 1- An Introduction to Philosophy 1: Reason & Experience, Why Should I Be Governed? Why Should I Be Moral? The Idea of God, Persons

Unit 2- An Introduction to Philosphy 2: Knowledge of the External World, Tolerance, The Value of Art, God and the World, Free Will & Determination,

A2 At A2 level, students study an additional two units of work

Unit 3- Key Themes in Philosphy: a set text is studied.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade C or above plus level 6 in English Language



Introduction to Philosophy 1 Written Exam: 1 hr 30 mins

Introduction to Philosophy 2 Written Exam: 1 hr 30 mins


Key terms in Philosophy Written Exam: 2 hrs

Philosophical problems Written Exam: 1 hr 30 mins

Future opportunities

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the further study of Religious Studies, Philosophy or Theology. As with any subject in the area of Humanities, students acquire a great range of skills, such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and the ability to produce extended evaluative pieces of writing. These are skills that will prepare students well for a range of courses in higher education and, beyond that, in employment generally. We prepare students for careers such as teaching, social work, the law, journalism, civil service or government, to name but a few!

How to apply

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Last updated date: 04 January 2017
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