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Philosophy A Level at Community School

Course description

Philosophy is thinking about life’s big questions. It’s about being a mental detective. If you’ve ever wondered how we know what’s real, where ideas of right and wrong come from and where we are going then you’ve already started the journey. This is the next step, where you have the opportunity to engage with big questions in a nonreligious context.

Course content

The final specification is still to be confirmed but will include:

Year 12 Epistemology (the study of knowledge)
- What is knowledge?
- How do we know things?
- What are the limits of knowledge?

Moral philosophy
- Theories of how we should behave (ethics)
- Applying ethics to issues like stealing and simulated killing (within computer games, plays, films etc.)
- Meta-ethics – are morals “facts” or are they subjective?

Year 13

Metaphysics of God
- What is ‘God’?
- Arguments relating to the existence of God
- Religious language

Metaphysics of Mind
- What do we mean by “Mind”?
- Dualism - how do the mind and body relate to each other?
- Physicalism - is everything physical or dependent upon the physical?
- Functionalism - do mental states play a certain role within our brain?

Entry requirements

- An enquiring mind and willingness to do extensive wider reading
- To be prepared to talk! Philosophy is nothing without discussion…
- A competent set of RE/RS skills – GCSE grade 4 (C) or above
- A competent standard of written English - GCSE grade 4 (C) or above


- AS Level is likely to be one three-hour exam.
- A Level is likely to be two three-hour exams.

Future opportunities

Philosophy is highly valued in many careers, including education, medicine, law and more! In fact, Philosophy skills can help in all jobs and are used in almost every area of life. Philosophy can be studied at university on its own or with various other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Community School directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2017

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