Why Should You Take This Course?
If youíre looking for a subject which will help you develop the skills of clear thinking and analysis, then philosophy is ideal. If you want a subject that is well regarded by employers and universities, then philosophy fits the bill.
Philosophy is a difficult, challenging subject that demands the effort and perseverance youíll only possess if youíre interested in its central questions. They are the reason to study philosophy. If this kind of question strikes you as interesting, worthwhile and even important, then youíll need to take philosophy.
What is knowledge and how do we obtain it?
Can I know there is an external world?
Could you be a brain in a vat?
Is there a coherent definition of God?
Are there any good arguments for the existence of God?
How can we (really) explain the fact that there is evil?
Is my mind just my brain?
Do I have freewill?
Could a computer be a person?
Is it the consequences of an action or your intentions that matter in judging if itís right or wrong?
Is morality objective or subjective?
Philosophy combines well with any humanity or social science subjects and with mathematics and the sciences.
Paper 1: Theory of knowledge (epistemology) and moral philosophy.
Paper 2: The philosophy of mind and the philosophy of religion.
How will I be assessed?
A Level - Two three hour examinations (papers 1 and 2).
AS - A stand-alone qualification covering the core content in paper 1 is assessed by one three hour examination.
What could I do next?
Philosophy is a respected, traditional academic subject, study of which indicates a capacity to think in a clear and structured fashion and to handle difficult concepts. It is excellent preparation for any arts or humanities degree is also often studied jointly with languages, mathematics and sciences. It can lead to careers in, for example, education, the civil service, general management, the financial sector and entertainment.
If you wish to apply for 2020-2021 academic year, please complete the online application form.