Philosophy A Level

Level A-level

What will I study?

In Philosophy, you will encounter the work of some of the greatest thinkers in the western tradition. The Greeks invented western philosophy but the tradition begun with Socrates, Plato and Aristotle has continued uninterrupted up until the present day. You will study aspects of the work of philosophers like John Locke, David Hume, Rene Descartes and Bertrand Russell during the first year of your course in epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and ethics. You will be expected to develop a critical and evaluative approach to their arguments and you will learn how to construct and develop your own responses to them.

Is this course right for me?

Philosophy is a stimulating subject, but a demanding one. You must be prepared to read, think and write about ideas and concepts which can be difficult to understand but you will learn to identify strengths as well as weaknesses in many standard arguments of the philosophical tradition. In addition, you will develop the skill of constructing your own arguments in response to the arguments of others and you will be expected to develop your own point of view in relation to a range of philosophical questions.

Where next?

Philosophy is a subject that has a very wide application in future careers. Due to its concentration on thinking about difficult ideas and challenging concepts you will be able to use these transferable skills in a wide range of employment contexts. A good number of our students go on to study philosophy at university and specialise in fields such as ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics and aesthetics. Philosophy graduates work in a very wide variety of fields including the law, politics, the civil service and in academia as well as in industry and commerce, where they are valued for their analytical skills

Minimum entry requirements

B/6 in English Language GCSE or B/6 in English Literature GCSE. Please make sure that you have also looked at and understand the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.