Philosophy A Level

Course Description

Philosophy encourages you to think about the big questions in life and demands the construction of logical arguments to justify answers. Philosophy involves an analysis of key theories about why we are here, how we can be happy and how we can claim to know anything at all. Philosophers come from all sorts of backgrounds as philosophy underpins all subjects. Therefore those interested in Maths and Science are as attracted to Philosophy as those interested in History and Politics. To succeed in this subject you need to be someone who enjoys thinking, writing and working things through to a logical conclusion.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

  • What is knowledge?
  • Arguments for and against God’s existence.
  • How can I be happy?
  • Do we have a soul?

Links with other subjects:

Maths — Logic
Science — Evidence based enquiry
History — Scholars, the history of ideas
Politics — Discussion of the cultural ideas that shape our lives
Economics — How we can fairly ensure that all needs are met


Assessment is by examination.

Future Career Opportunities

Philosophy links with Politics and Economics. Candidates considering studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford should consider this course.  Philosophy appeals to all employers as it encourages the development of thinking skills. The subject therefore encourages strategic thinking. This will help with careers in the civil service and management within the NHS. Lawyers often come from a Philosophy background as there is a strong emphasis on the forming of arguments and the justification of conclusions.

Why Study at BSFC?

To give your applications to prestigious universities the competitive edge they need.
To develop the thinking skills required for the 21st century.