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Philosophy AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

Philosophy studies the innumerable fascinating questions of life. It looks at the ideas of Western philosophers in a lively and interesting way and develops thinking skills rather than giving pat answers.

Course content

You will develop the ability to think logically, analyse critically, communicate articulately and accurately, both orally and in writing. It has immense benefits in terms of boosting reasoning and conceptual skills. This is done through discussion, writing essays, note taking and research.

First Year Study
You will prepare for a single three hour exam on two modules, the Theory of Knowledge and Moral Philosophy. You will answer a variety of compulsory questions showing different skills.

Second Year Study
You will have another three hour exam on two modules, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion with a series of compulsory questions. There is no course work.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • High grades in most GCSE subjects are necessary.
  • Students need to be on the Advanced Graduate Program to study this A-Level.


The course will be assessed by 2 written examinations.  You have the opportunity to retake the First Year module in the following year.

Financial information

The only charges made are for occasional external courses or conferences to which students may be invited.

Support for your learning is provided through set texts, summaries and support material such as text books, as well as the use of Library and Internet, journals, etc. There is extensive learning support and revision days for study before exams.

Future opportunities

Philosophy opens up your mind. Reasoning skills and habits are highly transferrable, and improve learning in other subjects on the curriculum. Philosophy is a worthwhile study in itself, or with another subject as a joint honours; it is also valuable for anyone going on to any degree in Higher Education, as well as good training for a working career. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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