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Philosophy AS/A2 Level at BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College

Course description

Philosophy is a difficult subject in which you are expected to stretch your powers of reasoning in order to think deeply about your attitudes and opinions, to question things we don't usually question.

Specific Questions we will be seeking to answer in the AS Course include: Does the existence of God just depend on your point of view? Are we born with knowledge or does experience teach us all we know? Can an animal be a person? Should we tolerate the intolerant? Do we have free will?

Of course, we are not the first to consider these questions, so we need to read and learn the views of the great philosophers on whose shoulders we are standing. Thus, among others, we seek to understand and evaluate the following propositions: 'Cogito ergo sum' (Rene Descartes); "I may detest what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" (Voltaire); and
"There was once a man who said "damn",
It is borne upon me that I am
An engine that moves in predestinate grooves
I'm not even a bus, I'm a tram" (Maurice Evan Hare)

Exploring these issues means that many lessons are discussion based. The course is delivered on the principle that students learn best when they are interested, and the aim is to make what we do both relevant and varied, so, among other things, students will be teaching each other, watching some film, and even playing the occasional game, in addition to occasionally having to listen to the teacher!

Entry requirements

For students with 5 A-C Grades at GCSE. Must include English for all subjects and Maths for Maths, Sciences, Economics and Psychology A-Levels

Future opportunities

The skills learnt through studying philosophy are transferable to many career routes and could also lead on to a range of humanities based degree courses at university.

Further information

Please visit our website or call Admissions on 0800 3892 947

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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