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A Level Philosophy at The Victory Academy

Course description

This subject will help you to think, make rational judgements and form logical arguments.  It is an intellectual subject that is highly regarded by higher education institutions and employers.  You will be able to explore your own beliefs and question those of others.  You will study the views of great thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Hume, Descartes, Freud and Darwin.  You will also consider the problem of perception, the existence of God, whether the mind is like a machine and ethical theories.

Course content

YEAR 12

Epistemology

  • The puzzle of perception: Can we truly know whether the external world exists
  • The theory of knowledge: What is knowledge and how is is different from belief

Moral Philosophy

  • Ethical Language
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Kantian Ethics
  • Utilitarianism

YEAR 13

Metaphysics of God

  • The concept of God
  • Aruments relating to the existence of God
  • Religious Language

Metaphysics of Mind

  • The mind-body problem
  • Philosophical Zombies
  • What are mental states?

Entry requirements

Students should have at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE including Grade 5 in Englisg Language or Literatue and grade 4 in Maths.  Grade B in RE would be an advantage.

Assessment

Two three-hour exams in 2019

Future opportunities

This subject is highly regarded as an adcedmic qualification for university for the majority of courses and will develop the necessary skills of rational argument and ethical enquiry required in law, medicine, education, public service, environmental occupations, business and finance.

Further information

Philosophy has been a successful and popular subject at The Victory Academy with many of our students choosing to study it at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Victory Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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