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Philosophy A Level at Calderstones School

Course description

This specification has been designed to introduce students to the key methods and concepts in philosophy through the study of four broad themes: Epistemology; Philosophy of Religion; Ethics; and Philosophy of Mind. Students will develop and refine a range of transferable skills, such as the ability to ask penetrating questions, to analyse and evaluate the arguments of others and to present their own arguments clearly and logically. Although the specification is arranged thematically, students have access to an anthology providing them with the texts required for close study. To give all students the opportunity to engage with a full philosophical text, Descartes’ Meditations is used as the key text in both sections of the AS course and in the Philosophy of Mind section of the A2 course.

Course content

Students are required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the content, including through the use of philosophical analysis (conceptual analysis and argument analysis). They must also be able to analyse and evaluate the philosophical arguments within the subject content to form reasoned judgements.

Entry requirements

You need a B grade and above in English to study this course. There is no prior learning of philosophy required.

Future opportunities

If you want to go on to study the subject at university, there is a huge range of courses available, including Philosophy, Law, philosophical anthropology, classics, and politics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 November 2016

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