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Philosophy A Level at Langley Park School for Boys

Course description

Philosophy is the search for truth, knowledge and wisdom that lies at the heart of all academic fields. The aim of the course is for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of Philosophy through consideration of some important philosophical issues and problems. Students will develop a set of transferable intellectual skills – including comprehension, interpretation, analysis and evaluation – which will facilitate the development of independent, critical thinking based on rational, coherent argument. The course will give students the opportunity to develop an enquiring mind, an appreciation of different viewpoints and an ability to evaluate decisions. The study of Philosophy develops skills that are applicable to the study of many other subjects, as well as stimulating reflection on important aspects of human experience.

Course content

Theme 1: Epistemology – A study of the theory and knowledge of perception and reality.

Theme 2: Moral philosophy – A study of the source of morality and whether or not it is possible to understand what is meant by the term ‘good’.

Theme 3: The metaphysics of God – A study of the concept of ‘God’ and why this question remains both perplexing and controversial.

Theme 4: The metaphysics of mind – A study of the distinction between mind, soul and body, and the implications for personhood

Entry requirements

Students should have an open mind and a desire to question and think about the world around them. Students will be expected to write essays and read complex texts with confidence and precision.

GCSE Requirement: B in a humanity or Grade 5 in English.

Assessment

One three hour examination on Themes 1 and 2. 50% of A Level.
One three hour examination on Themes 3 and 4. 50% of A Level.

Future opportunities

Students may go on to study Philosophy at university and other subjects such as English, Journalism, Politics, Theology, Religious Studies, Mathematics and Sciences. Philosophy opens up many different career paths and is widely respected throughout the world of work as it provides the key skills of logical argument and critical, independent thought.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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