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Philosophy Cambridge at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Course description

Why study Philosophy?

You might be asking yourself ‘What is the point of studying Philosophy?’ One of the answers is that it will help you to become a great thinker. In Philosophy you will consider abstract subjects and apply them to everyday life. Philosophy is about using rational argument and logical thinking to shine a light on life’s big questions. In doing so you’ll get a greater understanding of the world we live in, and yourself.

What skills will I learn?

Lessons involve discussion and debate. They will help you gain a number of new skills:

  • How to think for yourself and question the norm
  • How to examine information in a critical way
  • How to form judgements based on clear evaluation of information
  • How to put your point across clearly

Course content

What does the course consist of?

The course consists of three papers:

Paper 1 Introduction to Philosophy. Topics include Plato, Aristotle, epistemology, moral absolutism, the nature of belief and conscience, free will and determinism.

Paper 2 Topics and key texts in Philosophy – the philosophy of religion. Topics include arguments for the existence of god, religious experience, and religion, science and life after death.

Paper 3 Topics and key texts in Philosophy – ethics. Topics include Natural Law, Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, Virtue ethics, existentialism, and applied ethics: war and peace, environmental ethics and business ethics.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for Year 12 (Lower Sixth) is at least seven Bs or better in the GCSE examinations, including a minimum of a B grade in any subject to be taken. An A grade is required for A-level Mathematics.  All applicants need a minimum of a C grade in both English and Mathematics, regardless of the subjects they wish to take.  

Please note that at the end of the Lower Sixth, at least three grades at D or above are normally required to ensure progression into the Upper Sixth (Year 13).

Overseas applicants

We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country’s exams and will require verification of results by your school. A report supporting your application from your current school will also be very important.  Please note that we can only accept overseas students who are UK passport holders.


Each paper is examined by one written paper of two hours taken in the summer of the second year. This is a two year course with no examinations in the first year.

Future opportunities

Philosophy is a popular subject to study at university. It is often combined with politics and ethics. Philosophy will fine tune your reasoning so that your enhanced intellectual skills can be used in a range of careers: Law, politics, civil service, journalism, advertising, education – to name a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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