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Philosophy AS & A Level at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

Philosophy is for the mind what physical exercise is for the body. If you are intellectually motivated by questions that are difficult to answer, and if you frequently find that you are not happy with received opinion, then philosophy might be right for you.

It is not about idle talk; there are strict and subtle guidelines as to what makes a philosophical argument successful or not. Philosophers have struggled to come up with any definitive truths for at least two and a half thousand years, since the time of Ancient Greece.

There are four clearly defined topics in A-Level Philosophy, each of which includes a number of shorter sections:

  1. Epistemology, or theory of knowledge: what can we really know with any degree of certainty?
  2. Philosophy of Religion: do we have any convincing arguments about the Abrahamic God’s existence or His nature?
  3. Philosophy of Mind: is there a mind that is separate from the body or the brain?
  4. Ethics: how can we be sure about what kind of action is right or wrong?

Philosophy and the skills that you will gain from studying it can enhance your performance in any subject that is essay-based, requires an independent critical mind, and encourages you to become an original thinker: anything from English and Literature, to Politics, Sociology, Theology, and Psychology.

At the same time, since Philosophy works with intellectual discipline, many science students tend to do well and benefit from it.

Entry requirements

  • The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well
  • You must achieve a minimum of 2 Grade B's and 3 Grade C's (including English) or equivalent (this equivalency will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview)
  • All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school. 

Future opportunities

A number of Philosophy students go on to University and later pursue a career in teaching or graduate research. Others go into Law or Medicine. Journalism and creative writing are further options that are well-suited to Philosophy. There are many writers and politicians, as well as advertisers, artists, and activists, who have held philosophy qualifications. It is also increasingly the case that businesses employ philosophers when dealing with issues like ethical concerns in developing new technologies. In recent years, philosophical counselling and therapy has been making an impact.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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