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Philosophy A Level at Woodbridge School

Course description

  • At AS there are two units:
    • Epistemology (perception, realism, idealism, knowledge, empiricism, rationalism)
    • Philosophy of religion (the concept of God, arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, religious language)
  • A2 candidates take AS and then two further units:
    • Ethics (utilitarianism, deontological ethics, Aristotelian virtue ethics, ethical language)
    • Philosophy of mind (dualism, materialism, behaviourism, functionalism, eliminative materialism)

Course content

There is no better way of learning philosophy than by doing philosophy. This involves reading, discussing, arguing, rationalising, criticising, thinking and writing. Through a range of texts, exercises, arguments and thought experiments, we pose the most perplexing and fundamental questions known to mankind. And then we encounter the most ingenious solutions, challenging thoughts and profound ideas put forward by the greatest thinkers.

Entry requirements

Candidates for philosophy should have a minimum of grade A at GCSE in nearly all subjects taken. This gives a chance of success at A Level.


One 3 hour written examination paper

Future opportunities

A qualification in philosophy is immensely useful to most areas of study and professional avenues, but it is of particular value in the fields of law, journalism and education and the humanities in general.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 April 2017
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