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What is 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. It is highly regarded as an academic A Level subject by Britain’s top universities, as it develops your evaluative skills through debate. At Cardinal Newman we will encourage you to examine your own beliefs, values and ideas while exploring some of life’s ultimate questions.

What Will You Study?

You will cover the issues of perception, knowledge, scepticism (reasons for doubting our knowledge and perceptions), ultimate concepts, the existence of God and language and meaning. You will also be introduced to the world’s greatest philosophers such as Hume, Descartes, Plato and Locke and explore their ideas in relation to these topics.

The subjects we cover lend themselves to fascinating discussions and you will be encouraged to participate in debates around the topics covered.

What Next?

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

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade B (6) in GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths.

Course Type

A Level


Exam: 100%

Interesting Fact

In the last three years, six of our students have gone on to study Philosophy at either Oxford or Cambridge.

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