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Philosophy AS

  • Course Level: AS Level
  • Qualification: AS
  • Awarded By: AQA

Introduction to course

2 years, assessed by exams

Do you question things that other people take for granted? Has it occurred to you that we lead our lives based on assumptions that we are barely aware of? If either of these questions fire up your imagination, Philosophy may be able to shed a little light on them. With over 2,000 years of the finest minds as your guide, you will be in good hands. You'll examine responses to a wide range of questions about what we know about the world. All the modules will get you to test the answers of earlier thinkers to find what is persuasive and unconvincing about them.

Course Details

Students studying Philosophy will examine responses to a wide range of questions about what we know about the world. All the modules will get you to test the answers of earlier thinkers to find what is persuasive and unconvincing about them.

At AS you will cover the following 4 topics:

  • Reason & Experience
  • The Idea of God
  • Knowledge Of The External World
  • The Value Of Art

At A2 you will study these topics:

  • Moral Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Hume; An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entry requirements you will need a C in Maths and B grades in English and a humanities-based subject.

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This course combines well with

This course combines well with any other humanities course and will link in terms of content. It provides excellent arguing skills for use in any essay.

Course Assessment

AS:

Unit 1 exam in January

Unit 2 exam in June

 

A2:

Units 3 and 4: exams in June

Course Progression

You can apply for a degree in philosophy or one of many other subjects depending on your career aims. A qualification in philosophy marks you out as a reflective, curious and enquiring person with top-notch analytical skills. As such, you will be seen as highly desirable to both universities and employers.

Additional Information

More information on AS and A Level Units:

At AS you will cover the following 4 topics:

  • Reason & Experience- Are we born with knowledge? Can we know things without experiencing them?
  • The Idea of God- Does God exist? Is God an innate idea or a human construction?
  • Knowledge Of The External World- Can we prove that there is an external world? How do we know we aren't dreaming?
  • The Value Of Art- What is the purpose of art? What makes something a work of art? Do the artist's intentions matter?

At A2 you will study these topics:

  • Moral Philosophy- Are there moral truths and if so what is their nature?
  • Philosophy and Religion- How should we understand religious belief? This unit will look at "Arguments for the Existence of God," "Reason and Faith," "Miracles" and "Making Sense of Religion."
  • Hume; An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding- A chance to explore Hume's radical ideas on the nature of causation, free will and determination and miracles.

Careers

The ability to analyse, evaluate and argue a position is vital for any management position in any sector. Whilst the subject knowledge is personally enlightening, it is the set of skills that philosophy enables that are keenly sought be all employers. Some possible choices include Journalism, Politics, Teaching, Media and Academia.

Links

http://www.royalinstitutephilosophy.org/links.htm - Perhaps the best set of weblinks on the internet

http://www.the-philosopher.co.uk/index.htm - An archive of interesting and relevant articles 

http://www.epistemelinks.com/Main/MainAV.aspx - A comprehensive collection of audio and video links

http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/philosophy_new.php - The official specification


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