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Philosophy A Level

Philosophy is something most people have engaged in at some point in their lives, as it literally means ‘love of knowledge’. People who would be suited to this course will enjoy reasoning, logical thinking and debate, but this does not mean that any answer is right, or that you can give your personal opinion without having arguments to back it up. Philosophy is for people who are prepared to question basic assumptions, including their own, with an open mind. Be prepared to question your beliefs and look at the world in a new way. This is a challenging course but incredibly rewarding. Just don’t be surprised if you can’t stop thinking about it.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
A Levels
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Course Length
33 weeks

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above, including GCSE Maths & GCSE English Language. +++Additional entry criteria+++ Grade 6/B in GCSE English Language

Delivery and Assessment

Philosophy is assessed by written exams in May/June. There are two exams in each year. Throughout the year you are given assessments in the form of essays, assignments, timed questions and mock exams to ensure you are fully prepared.


People may wonder what jobs philosophy will lead to. But actually philosophy students are much in demand, especially if they go on to study it at university. Although you may not use philosophy directly unless you teach, the skills you learn are transferrable to any job where critical thinking and reasoned argument are needed. This is why it is useful for careers as diverse as journalism, law, business and finance.

Career Opportunities

  • Philosopher Teacher Lecturer Journalism Public Sector