Awarding Body / Specification No:  AQA 7172

What will you be learning?

Students in Year 12 will consider the big questions, such as: ‘What is knowledge?’ and ‘What do good, bad, right and wrong really mean?’  In Year 13 Students will also explore further questions including: ‘Is the concept of God incoherent?’ and ‘What is mind?’ These include: Epistemology, Philosophy of the Mind, Ethics and Philosophy of Religion.

Students will develop skills in argument, philosophical thinking and independence.

The main body of teaching is done in a seminar style – as this helps to generate debates and classroom discussions.

Students will be expected to research topics and complete independent reading.


Entry requirements

GCSE Religious Studies grade 5 or English Language/Literature grade 5.


How is the course examined or assessed?

Exam based – 2x 3 hour exams at the end of Year 13


What happens when you have finished?

Philosophy is useful in many careers.  If you are planning on going into medicine or law then this is an ideal course for you as you will study ethics as part of those degrees.  Philosophy mixes well with the many other Level 3 courses; you will find there is plenty of transferable skills and even knowledge with other courses you may study. Many universities consider Philosophy as a good base subject for all degrees.