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Philosophy A Level AQA at Sir Roger Manwood's School

Course description

Why study this subject? 

If you have an interest in philosophy, religion, ethics, and have an enquiring mind, then this specification will provide you with the opportunity to study those areas of interest.

Course content

Course content:


Paper 1: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy

This paper explores the foundations of Epistemology and Ethics.

1.       What is knowledge?

2.       Perception as a source of knowledge.

3.       Reason as a source of knowledge.

4.       The limits of knowledge.

5.       Normative ethical theories.

6.       Applied ethics.

7.       Meta-ethics.

Paper 2: Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Mind

This paper explores the metaphysics of God and the metaphysics of mind.

1.       The concept and nature of God.

2.       Arguments relating to the existence of God.

3.       Religious language.

4.       What do we mean by ‘mind’?

5.       Dualist theories.

6.       Physicalist theories.

7. Functionalism.

Entry requirements

At least a B grade at GCSE in a related discipline.

Future opportunities

Philosophy combines well with all other humanities A level subjects such as Geography, History, and English. In addition, if taken with languages and sciences, philosophy will give you a broad based curriculum.


Successful completion of this A Level will give access to a wide range of possible career and higher education prospects. The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills. These include the skills of collecting, synthesising and interpreting information from a range of sources. Also, this A level will enable you to think critically, analyse sources and construct persuasive arguments. Many of our students progress into fields including Law, Medicine, Philosophy, and Teaching, yet the skills acquired would be highly desirable in any further studies or employment.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years