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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 of the great issues in Philosophy. At Cardinal Newman, we will encourage you to examine your own beliefs, values and ideas while exploring some of life’s ultimate questions.
You will be studying some of the most important and interesting issues in Philosophy. For instance, 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 be introduced to the world’s greatest philosophers and consider their ideas in relation to these topics.
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.
At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in both English Language and Maths.
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.
Pythagoras was one of the first people to become a vegetarian for health and philosophical reasons. He did not eat meat because he believed that animals had souls.