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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 need to study this course

  • self-motivation
  • ability to work independently
  • enthusiasm for Philosophy
  • ability to think conceptually and to grasp complex ideas
  • high level writing skills
  • ability to read and understand challenging texts
  • English GCSE grade 6 or above, average GCSE grade of 6 or above.

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.

Priestley Extra

Philosophy Society meets fortnightly for students to engage in wider debates. Students are also encouraged to complete an Extended Project (EPQ) relating to a topic of their own choice.


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

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

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