A Level Programme

Philosophy A Level

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About this course

Philosophy is the exploration of knowledge, existence and ethics through rational argument. You won't just be expected to explore the history of philosophical ideas from Ancient Greece to modern day. You'll also be encouraged to develop your own philosophical arguments and reconsider your deeply held convictions about the world.

What will I learn?

In the first year you will explore Theory of Knowledge and Metaphysics as well as Philosophy of Religion. In the second year you will develop your work on Moral Philosophy further, as well as completing a unit on Philosophy of Mind. Please note that the course is taught as much through an anthology of texts as it is through lectures and discussions, as well as an online philosophy skills course delivered through video lectures and online tasks.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written essay-based exams.

What do I need?

General Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)

In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
  • University - Philosophy at degree level, as well as other humanities degrees
  • Careers - journalism, law, politics, teaching, ethical advisory boards, researchers and any job that involves higher levels of critical thinking and problem solving

Additional Information

In the past, Philosophy students have been on trips to Paris, Dublin and Amsterdam. We've also held conferences on philosophical topics in College and been on visits to other colleges and universities for debates and discussions. Philosophy combines well with Religious Studies, Government & Politics, Psychology, Sociology and English Literature.