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Philosophy at The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

Course description

This AS Level and A2 Level Philosophy course is designed to provide an introduction to the study of Philosophy as an investigative and analytic subject which focuses upon reason and argument. To this end, students are involved in studying the works of several philosophers and in developing their own philosophical abilities. The course builds upon the knowledge and skills obtained through the study of GCSE 'Philosophy and Ultimate Questions' although no previous study of Philosophy is assumed.

If you are interested in the views of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Russell and Ayer and would like to study topics such as 'What can we know?”, “Can the existence of God be proved?”, “What does it mean to be ethical?”, “Are the mind and the body separate?”, then you should enjoy this course.

Course content

AS Level:
i. Epistemology, involving topics fundamental to the ways we think, eg 'How do we use our senses and our reason to make sense of the world?'
ii. Philosophy of Religion, a study of arguments supporting the existence of God and the responses to these arguments.

A2 Level:
i. Philosophy of Mind
ii. Ethics

Entry requirements

Grade B in English Language, English Literature, History or Religious Studies


All units are examined by means of written examination papers.

Future opportunities

This Philosophy A Level is respected by universities and employers as it fosters clarity of thinking and decision making skills. You will learn to argue and analyse effectively and will develop a sound basis for further study

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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