Philosophers raise questions about issues that thoughtful people find puzzling. Such issues include the origins of our ideas, the extent of our knowledge and the nature of our values. For example, can we draw conclusions about how things really are from the way they appear to us? Are all of the ideas or concepts we possess derived from sense experience? How do we decide what is and what isn’t a morally right action? Is this determined by our intentions or by the consequences of our actions? What is the mind? Do others have minds? How can you know that other humans have minds?
Philosophy is a challenging as well as a satisfying subject and the abilities to think clearly and argue logically are highly regarded both academically and in the world of work. You should be willing to discuss ideas and justify the judgements you make.
You will acquire knowledge and develop reasoning skills through the study of a number of core themes in Philosophy. At AS level the core themes are Epistemology and Ethics. Beyond AS level what you study will depend upon whether you choose to take an A-level or the Cambridge Pre-U qualification.Both pathways offer a different perspective on Philosophy and advice will be given regarding which one might be the right qualification for you.
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Philosophy combines well with most subjects, whether they are natural or social sciences or humanities subjects, and will provide evidence of important competencies for UCAS and employment applications. Because you acquire important thinking skills as well as subject knowledge, an A level in philosophy is an excellent preparation for any degree course. Philosophy is taught at many British universities and can be combined with a wide variety of other subjects. Graduates enter a wide variety of careers particularly those requiring analytical, evaluative and problem solving skills.