Philosophy at A Level is an exciting opportunity for those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of ultimate questions. It gives scope for those who wish to sharpen their own critical approach. If you are opting for Philosophy, you should have an enquiring mind and be willing to think, to question and to search. No religious faith is assumed or expected, merely an openness to discover and explore.
The subject is open to those students either following an arts or a science based course of study and may provide useful reflection upon other subject areas.
This specification is designed to:
In Year 12, the pupils will study two main areas Epistemology and The Philosophy of Religion. The areas will focus on: Perception, The nature of Knowledge, The concepts of God, The arguments relating to God and Religious Language.
In Year 13, the pupils will study Ethics and The Philosophy of the Mind. The areas covered will be: Utilitarianism, Virtue Ethics, Ethical Language, Deontological Ethics, Dualism, Materialism and The mind-brain type identity theory.
Each year’s work will be examined by one three hour exam at the end of Year 13.
The study of Philosophy can be very helpful for those wishing to study medicine or wanting to have a career in the medical profession. Past students have gone onto study PPE, Philosophy, Medicine, Theology, Religious Studies and Applied Ethics.
Year 12 Philosophy
AQA - A-Level Philosophy Year 1 Epistemology and Moral Philosophy
Section 1 – Epistemology
What is Knowledge?
Perception as a source of Knowledge
Reason as a source of Knowledge
The limits of knowledge
Section 2 – Moral Philosophy
Introduction to ethics: how do we decide what it is morally right to do?
Kantian deontological Ethics
Aristotelian virtue Ethics
Year 13 Philosophy
AQA - A-Level Philosophy Year 2 - The metaphysics of God and The metaphysics of mind
Section 1 – The metaphysics of God
Section 2 – The Metaphysics of mind