This course will equip you with a thorough grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques. You will develop your ability to analyse and assess philosophical writings and to reason, form your own judgements and express yourself coherently, contributing to the process of debate. This course will also equip you with transferable skills which can be applied successfully to other subjects and your everyday life.

What skills will I learn?

This course will not only give you a depth of knowledge about the subject content but also it will give and develop skills inclear & logical thinking, and critical evaluation.

You will also develop your existing skills in negotiating, organising, planning, problem solving and research, amongst others.

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Examination: Paper 1 (3 hours - 50%)

  • Section A: Epistemology
  • Section B: Philosophy of Religion

Component 2 - Examination: Paper 2 (3 hours - 50%)

  • Section A: Ethics
  • Section B: Philosophy of Mind

Where does the course lead?

Philosophy at degree level has everything that philosophy at A level has to offer, but with much more depth and achievement.

Philosophy graduates can expect a favourable response from big businesses and City firms, banks, management consultancies, and chartered accountants who appreciate the essential thinking skills acquired through the study of philosophy. Philosophy students also go into law, politics, the civil service, journalism, advertising and education.

Please note: this course is due to be updated for 2017 entry. Outlined above is the current specification. This is likely to change for the new qualification. Check back frequently for updated information.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Leanne Gallagher

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent)

Assessment Breakdown

Examination = 100%