A-level Philosophy

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For centuries, human beings have been absorbed with questions about the nature of the universe and their place within it. Philosophy will enable you to develop the critical skills to deal with these questions and help you to begin finding some answers. It will also introduce you to some of the most interesting and important ideas in history.

Course type


Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

You will need to have averaged grade B in the majority of your GCSEs, and have at least a grade 6 in English. You will need strong writing and reasoning skills to cope with the demands of this subject.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • understanding key philosophical ideas and thinkers
  • exploring ideas about God and the nature of existence
  • exploring moral Philosophy and how to deal with ethical problems such as war and euthanasia
  • examining the nature of the human mind
  • examining the basis of human knowledge

On the course you will:

  • develop your thinking skills
  • participate in arguments, debates and discussions
  • explore key ideas in terms of film and literature
  • present your ideas and arguments in essays

Philosophy is a challenging subject that will enable you to think creatively and logically. it should empower you to think for yourself on a wide range of issues. If you’re not sure about what Philosophy really is, a member of the Philosophy team will be happy to discuss the subject with you.

Method of assessment

Assessment is by examination at the end of the second year.

What will I be able to progress to?

Philosophy is an excellent subject if you plan to study Law, Humanities, Social Sciences at degree level. It is particularly valued by Russell Group universities. As this subject deals with logical thinking and analytical reasoning, it provides thorough preparation for the skills needed in higher education and professional life.