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A Level

Course Overview

Philosophy is possibly the oldest subject on the curriculum. It is the attempt to answer the biggest questions that people can ask.

Is there a God? What is the Mind? How do we decide what is right and wrong? These are all questions that philosophers find deeply puzzling and argue about passionately; they are questions that don’t have easy or obvious answers.

Course Topics

  • Epistemology (knowledge): Are our senses more reliable than my mind? Do atoms really exist? Is there anything that we can be certain of?
  • Moral Philosophy: Do our intentions or the consequences of our actions matter more? Can we agree on what it means to be a good person? Is it wrong to eat meat? Does it matter if I play violent video games? Are there real facts about morality or is it all a matter of opinion?
  • Philosophy of Religion: Can the existence of God be proved? Does the beauty of the world prove God? Does the evil in the world disprove God? Is it worth discussing ideas that cannot be proved?
  • Philosophy of Mind: Is the mind the same thing as the brain or do we have a soul? Can I know if other people have minds? Is my mind similar or different to a computer?


Course Features

  • BE A 5 YEAR OLD AGAIN – philosophers ask lots of questions, be curious about the world. Be awkward.
  • ARGUMENT – you will get the chance to discuss and write persuasively. Arguments are the tools of our trade.
  • THE BIG STUFF – philosophy deals with the biggest questions there are.


  • Exams: 100%
  • Awarding Body: AQA


  • Pass Rate – 100%
  • Grades A*-C – 73%

Where Courses Become Careers

Good philosophy students find ultimate questions fascinating, enjoy reasoning and arguing about them and are able to communicate their views clearly and concisely. These skills make philosophy graduates very valuable in all forms of employment.

Make your mark

How SFC will help you to boost your CV by developing your skills and qualifications…

You could be in for the ride of your life. Fasten your seatbelt and be prepared to have a completely new outlook on life’s big questions. Philosophy is a very challenging A Level that demonstrates to employers and universities that you are a creative and critical thinker. Universities and employers value this qualification and there is evidence that philosophy graduates have higher levels of employment than many other courses.

“Some of those students will go on to apply those skills in an academic setting, but many will find work across a whole range of professions, in law, finance, government, policing, media, teaching, writing and business.” Wayne Martin (University of Essex – quoted in Times Higher 2009)


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