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A Level Philosophy

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Course outline

Philosophy is about asking, and attempting to answer, fundamental questions such as

  • What is knowledge?
  • Do we see the world as it is, or is our perception of the world misleading?
  • Does God exist and what is the problem of evil?
  • What is the nature of mind and can we explain the mental purely in terms of the physical?
  • What is moral goodness, and what is the nature of moral language?

This engaging and thought-provoking course helps you to develop knowledge and understanding of the content, including through the use of philosophical analysis (conceptual analysis and argument analysis).

By the end of the course you will be able to analyse and evaluate the philosophical arguments within the subject content to form reasoned judgements. As a result, the course blends well when combined with other A Levels such as Psychology, Sociology, Law and English Literature, and even some of our science subjects such as Physics and Biology.

Topics include:

  • Epistemology
  • Moral Philosophy

Studying AS in the first year and progressing to the full A Level in the second is a great way to study A Levels.

How to apply for this course

You can now apply for an A Level Programme starting in September 2021.

You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

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Location Date
Chaucer Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LP

Start: 6th September 2021

Course code: C000450 / Q034651

Qualification

A Level Philosophy

Duration

AS Level: 1 year with the option to progress to the full A Level the following year provided you achieve a Grade D in two or more of your subjects.

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

1 year AS Level Programme:

  • To study 3 A Levels you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade 6 (B) and GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C) or above
  • To study 4 A Levels you’ll need at least 6 GCSE’s at grades 9-6 (A*-C) including GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature at grade 6 (B) and GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C) or above

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer. We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan. You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer. For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at feadmissions@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4. At your ‘Get Ready for College’ day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices. Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.

Assessment

Assessment is by written exam.

Progression

Students may progress to a philosophy degree or a combined degree such as Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), or a range of dual honours degrees which combine philosophy with, for example, theology; physics; linguistics; languages; music; or mathematics.

I feel very proud to have secured a place at one of the best universities in the world.

Simranjeet A Level student