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A Level Philosophy at Meadowhead

Course description

A Level Philosophy

Course content

Philosophy is the study of wisdom, examining the world and pondering questions that life presents.


We study life questions surrounding knowledge, belief, existence and actions. We look at the theories posed by philosophers regarding these areas. You’ve probably asked yourself some of life’s most important questions already such as:


“Does science challenge belief in God?”, “How do we decide between right and wrong?”, “Are we really free?”, “Why is there evil and suffering in the world?”, “Should euthanasia be legal?” “What is knowledge?” “Are the mind and body separate”?


Will this course suit me?


This A Level is designed to develop skills of analysis and evaluation through an examination of arguments and evidence put forward by philosophers.


You will enjoy the course, if:

  • You are looking for a course that is rigorous, challenging and academic

  • You enjoy discussion and debate, reading new ideas and challenging views and theories.


    Year 1


    Unit 1: Epistemology

    What is knowledge? Can we trust our senses? How do we know what we know?


    Unit 2: Moral Philosophy (Ethics)

    How do we make moral decisions? What is the right thing to do and how do we know? What does ‘good’ mean anyway? You will explore theories such as utilitarianism, Kantian ethics and virtue ethics.


    Year 2


    Unit 3: Metaphysics of God

    What do we mean by ‘God’? Are there are any good reason for believing in God? Is ‘God’ a meaningful concept anyway? How can we believe in God with all the suffering in the world?


    Unit 4: Metaphysics of Mind

    What do we mean by the mind? Are mind and body separate? What is their relationship?



Entry requirements

English Language GCSE at Grade 5 or above.


All units will be assessed with a written examination at the end of Y13.

Future opportunities

The course provides the opportunity to develop an enquiring mind, develop literacy skills and the ability to construct an argument. This A Level is increasingly regarded by employers in a range of careers, such as law, marketing, journalism, advertising, medical services, social work, counselling and psychotherapy, the police, broadcasting and publishing.


You can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in Philosophy, Ethics, Theology, Religious Studies or to degrees in related subjects such as English Literature or History. It is highly thought of in Universities as an academic subject.

Further information

To find out more talk to Mr. Lawrenson, Mr. Timms or Mrs. Markham (Humanities Faculty)


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September