Philosophy studies innumerable fascinating questions of life.
It looks at the ideas of Western philosophers in a lively and interesting way and develops thinking skills. We look at questions such as what can we know, is the world real, how do we acquire knowledge and can we be certain it is true? We also study questions about morality, what is the right thing to do and why, and what kinds of thing are moral values? We study arguments about the existence of God, and theories to account for consciousness and how it relates to the human brain.
First Year Study
You will prepare to answer questions for a single three hour exam on two modules; the Theory of Knowledge and Moral Philosophy. You have to answer a variety of compulsory questions, showing different skills in the exam at the end of the two years.
Second Year Study
You will have another three hour exam on two modules; Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion, with a series of compulsory questions. You will do both exams at the end of two years. There is no coursework.
Methods of Teaching and Learning
You will develop the ability to think logically, analyse critically, communicate articulately and accurately, both orally and in writing. It has immense benefits in terms of boosting reasoning and conceptual skills. This is done through discussion, writing essays, note taking and research.
Methods of Assessment
The course will be assessed by 2 three hour written examinations at the end of the two years.
Philosophy complements Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Mathematics or Physical Sciences,and can be taken with Art and Creative subjects to provide a contrasting style of learning. It is similar in topics to Religious Studies, but emphasises analytic and argument skills.
Support for your learning is provided through set texts, summaries and support material such as text books, as well as the use of Library and Internet, journals, etc. There is extensive learning support and revision days for study before exams.
Philosophy develops your ability to think clearly and rationally. Reasoning skills and habits are highly transferrable, and improve learning in other subjects on the curriculum. Philosophy can be studied in itself, or with another subject as a joint honours, such as Politics, Philosophy and Economics; it is also valuable for anyone going on to any degree in Higher Education, as well as being good training for a working career. This is a highly respected A-level for entry to Russell group and Oxbridge universities.
The only charges made are for occasional external courses or conferences to which students may be invited. Students have visited Corrymeela in Northern Ireland, as a centre for peace studies and reconciliation, as part of their moral philosophy studies.