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Philosophy A Level at Dunraven School

Course description

The philosophy course asks these questions:
What can we know?
Can the existence of God be proved?
How do we make moral decisions?
Are my mind and body separate?

These are fundamental questions and the material covered in the course not only provides students with a good understanding of how these debates have, so far, been framed, but also prompts students to consider and discuss their own ideas too. Students will have the opportunity to engage in detailed analysis of philosophical texts, which will be used as a springboard for further reading and reflection.

Course content

Year One
Epistemology: What can we know? Is there such a thing as objective reality?
Moral Philosophy: The study of ethical theories. What does it mean to be good? Is morality objective?
Year Two
Metaphysics of God: The concept and nature of God. Arguments for and against the existence of God.
Metaphysics of the Mind: The concept and nature of how the mind works. Is there a distinction between the body and the mind?

Entry requirements

Grade B in either RE or English


Two three hour exam papers to be taken at the end of Year Two. Each paper is worth 50% of the A Level.
Paper 1
Section A Epistemology
Section B Moral Philosophy
3 hour written examination
Paper 2
Section A:Metaphysics of God
Section B: Metaphysics of Mind
3 hour written examination

Future opportunities

The skills of critical thinking, analytical reasoning and looking at the intellectual moral development of humanity would suit many students who are thinking of going into careers in fields such as law, politics, teaching, economics, or the media. Philosophy as a subject shares many links with English, History, RE, Sociology, Law, Politics and Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years