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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 you are curious about encountering new ideas, then you should consider Philosophy. It is highly regarded as an academic A Level subject by the UK’s top universities, as it develops your evaluative skills through debate of the great issues in Philosophy. 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 be studying some of the most important and interesting areas of Philosophy. You will explore issues of perception, scepticism and explore key ideas of moral philosophy and apply them to real life moral issues. You will also be introduced to the world’s greatest philosophers and consider their 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 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

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in both GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths.

Course Type

A Level

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.

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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