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PHILOSOPHY

QUALIFICATION

A Level

EXAM BOARD

AQA

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Grade 5 in English

SUBJECT TEACHERS

Mrs Scotson

Mrs Berry

Miss Gill

COURSE LEADER

Ms Oakes

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

If you enjoy grappling with big questions such as:

  • How do we know things?
  • What is the mind? Is it the brain?
  • What is good?
  • Should we have fixed moral rules (e.g. do not lie) or does what is good depend on the situation?
  • How can there be a god if bad things happen to innocent people?

 

The course is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the key concepts and methods of philosophy. You will have the opportunity to engage with big questions in a purely secular (non-religious) context.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Year 1 – Moral philosophy and Epistemology (study of knowledge)

Year 2 – Metaphysics of mind and Metaphysics of God

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will have 2 exams at the end of Year 13.  Both will be 3 hours long and worth 50% of your overall A Level grade.

Paper 1 – examines Epistemology & Moral Philosophy

Paper 2 – examines Metaphysics of God & Metaphysics of Mind

You will be examined on two assessment objectives:

A01- knowledge & understanding

A02- analysis & evaluation

There are 4 different question types: 3, 5, 12 and 25 markers

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?

Achieving an A Level in Philosophy can springboard you into your next destination, whether that is the world of work or further education, this is because throughout the course you will develop many transferable skills.  For example, you will learn to be clear and precise in your thinking and writing. You will engage with complex texts, analysing and evaluating the arguments of others and constructing and defending your own arguments.