Philosophy A Level

Why Study Philosophy?

  • It is lively, fascinating and challenging. It will make you question every aspect of reality and every aspect of your own beliefs.
  • Russell Group Universities rate Philosophy and Ethics as a top subject to study alongside a primary subject.
  • Learn to look at reality, the world around you and religious ideas in a different way.
  • Develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied far beyond the study of Philosophy.
  • Enables students to develop the ability to reason, form their own judgments, express themselves coherently and contribute to the process of debate

Why choose The Deanery?

Philosophy and Ethics is a rigorous course which works well with many other subjects. Essentially it encourages critical thinking, debate and the application of logic. From looking at reality and your own existence through to deeper thinking about right and wrong, the A level in Religious Studies has it all.

Consequently it works well with any humanities subject (English, Geography, History, Law, Psychology, and Business Studies). The course also touches upon many elements of science and biology and many of our most successful students have complemented their philosophical studies with one of the sciences.

We have a dedicated team of staff who are experienced, passionate about the subject and committed to your success. You will enhance your understanding by studying in an enriching and creative environment and you will be offered opportunities for extra-curricular activities and educational visits. The Religious Studies faculty is well resourced and our staff is dedicated to supporting you throughout your studies. Small class sizes ensure you will receive all the care, attention and guidance you need!

What could this subject lead to?

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the further study of Philosophy, Religious Studies or Theology. As with any subject in the area of Humanities, students acquire a great range of skills, such as analysis, interpretation, critical thinking and the ability to produce extended evaluative pieces of writing. These are skills that will prepare students well for a range of courses in higher education and, beyond that, in employment generally. We prepare students for careers such as teaching, social work, the law, journalism, civil service or government, to name but a few!