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Philosophy A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Philosophy looks at sociological, psychological and religious responses to the big existential questions in life and how philosophers have attempted to respond to these questions.

Why study Philosophy?
If you are curious, if you want to explore the answers to the greatest questions in life; Why are we here? Are we free? Who are we? This is also a good choice for future Lawyers, Doctors and for careers in Public Services.

Course content

AS Modules

Unit 1 – An Introduction to Philosophy
- Reason and Experience
- Why should I be governed?
- Why should I be moral?
- The Idea of God
- Persons – What is a person?

Unit 2 – Introduction to Philosophy 2
- Knowledge of the External World
- Tolerance
- The Value of Art
- God and the World
- Free Will and Determinism

A2 Modules

Unit 3 – Key Themes in Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind
- Political Philosophy
- Epistemology and Metaphysics
- Moral Philosophy
- Philosophy of Religion

Unit 4 – Philosophical Problems
In this unit students will study key issues through classic philosophy and Philosophers. This includes the classic texts of Plato, David Hume, J.S. Mill, René Descartes and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Entry requirements

You will need six GCSEs at Grade C or above. A Grade B or above in English would be desirable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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