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Philosophy A-Level

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What is A-Level Philosophy?

Philosophy literally means ‘the love of wisdom’. If you enjoy puzzling over the great issues of our lives and are curious about encountering new ideas, then you should consider Philosophy A-Level. It is highly regarded as an academic A Level subject by Britain’s top universities, as it develops your evaluative skills through debate of the great issues in Philosophy.

What Will You Study?

You will study some of the ‘big questions’ within Philosophy such as:

  • How accurate is our perception in telling us about the world?
  • Is certain knowledge possible?
  • Can we know right from wrong as a matter of fact?
  • Does God exist?
  • What is the relationship between the mind and the body?
  • You will also consider the world’s great philosophers’ ideas in relation to these topics.

What Next?

You can use Philosophy to enter a broad range of degree courses in Higher Education. These have included Philosophy, History, Sociology, Religious Studies, Law, Politics and Mathematics. Combined degrees linking Philosophy with other subjects are also very popular. Studies in Philosophy have led students into careers in teaching, publishing, welfare services, the church, politics, civil services and management.

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Entry Requirements for A-Level Philosophy

At least five 5s at GCSE and at least a 6 in English Language and Maths.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and BTECs)? Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not, there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.

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What other subjects go well with this subject?

Philosophy goes very well with Humanities and Social Science subjects where ideas are explored and analysed. It also goes well with any essay-based subject due to the skills developed on the course.

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