A Level Philosophy at The Thetford Academy
GENERAL AIMS: Philosophy will give you a black-belt in
thinking. You will be trained to think like a philosopher,
to challenge everything and to take nothing for granted.
COURSE OUTLINE: You may study Philosophy as
an AS over one year, or as a full A Level over two
years. At the end of one year you can decide
to continue to A2 or to cash in the AS.
NATURE OF STUDY: You will tackle some massive questions
that other subjects take for granted: At AS you will
consider whether you sense data (what you see, touch,
etc) can ever be trusted or should we only trust what
we can know for certain. You will think about the idea of
personhood and what a person is - could a computer
ever be considered a person? What about a dog, a baby
or a crow, are any of these persons? A major philosophical
concern is free-will and determinism. Are we free to make
choices or are the choices we appear to make governed
by past events? If we are not free do concepts like praise
and blame make any sense? Finally, how can we make
sense of the world outside our heads? Is there a world
outside our heads or are our ideas the only reality?
At A2 you will study Philosophy of Mind and try to
analyse how the grey and rather unattractive mush of
brain gives rise to the beauty of consciousness. You
will think about exactly what mind is and whether
we can believe that other people have minds. In
Epistemology and Metaphysics you will build on the
work from AS and think about what knowledge is, how
we can describe it and whether these descriptions
truly capture the essence of knowledge. To round off
your studies we will be looking at a The Meditations by
Rene Descartes, one of the most influential books of
the past 500 years and the inspiration for The Matrix.
Sixth Form Entry
5 A*-C at GCSE, including a C in English + Mathematics,
with a B grade in the chosen subject areas for A Level.
BTEC Level 3
4 A*-C, preferably including a C in English + Mathematics.
BTEC Level 2
2 D grades.
Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of
Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on
satisfactory performance in the examinations.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thetford Academy directly.