A Level

Students who study philosophy develop their critical thinking skills as well as a host of transferrable skills that universities and employers value – close reading, clear writing, and logical analysis. Understanding the language we use to describe the world and our place within it.

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Philosophy, A-Level HF-PHILAL-D(0000)000

Havant Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above and preferably grade 5 in Mathematics and English Language.

Philosophy comprises four topic areas:

  • Epistemology
  • Moral philosophy
  • The Metaphysics of God
  • The Metaphysics of mind.

As a Philosophy student you are required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the content, including through the use of philosophical analysis (conceptual analysis and argument analysis).

You will also be able to analyse and evaluate the philosophical arguments within the subject content to form reasoned judgements. In doing this, you will:

  • Understand the ways in which philosophers have analysed the core concepts of philosophy and be able to identify how subtle differences in analyses can have wider impacts on philosophical arguments
  • Understand the main philosophical arguments within topics, through the works of philosophers, and articulate those arguments in appropriate forms, correctly, clearly and precisely
  • Understand the philosophical claims which are made within each topic and be able to articulate those claims correctly, clearly and precisely. Students must also articulate how those claims might relate to other topic areas
  • Understand the ways in which philosophical arguments are developed, issues are raised, and arguments are reformulated in response to those issues
  • Understand the similarities and differences between the forms of reasoning used in different philosophical content areas, including the similarities and differences between different kinds of knowledge
  • Generate responses using appropriate philosophical formats, to a range of philosophical questions. These responses must include: articulating definitions; articulating arguments and counter-arguments; and selecting, applying and evaluating appropriate material to generate their own arguments

You will be assessed through essays, presentations and examinations at the end of the second year

Employers and universities value critical thinking, presentation skills, problem solving and debate and discussion skills. Career opportunities could
involve progression into university and into careers such as journalism, writing, editing or becoming a professional research philosopher

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