Philosophy

A-Level
AQA

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • Consider the big questions such as: ‘What is knowledge?’ ‘What do good, bad, right and wrong really mean?’ ‘Is the concept of God incoherent?’ and ‘What is mind?’
  • Philosophy is a highly-regarded subject that will strongly support university applications.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Year 1 – Epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and Ethics.

Year 2 – Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion. You will develop your knowledge of the most profound areas of human thought and will possess abilities to discuss, and critically evaluate, the most complex ideas in both verbal and written formats.

Please note: Philosophy can only be taken as a two-year A-Level course.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 – mock exam

Year 2 (A-Level) – three-hour exam

Exams will be a mixture of compulsory short and long essay questions.

 

RECOMMENDED READING

· Hayward, Jones and Cardinal, AQA A Level Philosophy Year 1: Hodder Education

· Hayward, Jones and Cardinal, AQA Paper 1 Epistemology and Moral Philosophy (My Revision Notes) Hodder Education

· Warburton, N. Philosophy the basics. Routledge 1991

· Gaarder, J. 1995. Sophie’s World

· Hansell, N. 2016. The Sage Train (Philosophy comes to Life)

· Bowie, R. 2001. Ethical Studies

· Vardy, P and Grosch, P. 1999. The Puzzle of Ethics

· Vary, P and Vardy, C. 2012. Ethics Matters

· Thompson, M. 2010. Understand Ethics: Teach Yourself

· Hodder. RS Review

 

PROGRESSION

University as well as careers in teaching, public services, science, caring professions and jobs in the private sector.