Philosophy A Level


Philosophy AS/A2 Level

About the course

Socrates claimed that "the unexamined life is not worth living". It is in this spirit that philosophers have explored fundamental questions about the human condition, including how we ought to live and ultimately what it all means.

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language
  • Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths
  • In addition, you must have achieved at least a grade B in one other written subject, e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business or Religious Studies.

International students:


  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.

In your first year, we will consider questions about the nature of knowledge and the extent to which we can be certain about anything. Do physical objects exist? How do I know whether I am dreaming right now? Can the existence of God be proved?

In your second year, we will explore how we make moral decisions. Is there an absolute moral law or are our ideas about right and wrong simply emotional responses to the world? We will also examine questions in the philosophy of mind. Are humans simply biological machines or is there something mysterious about consciousness that means we will never explain it?

Assessment is by course work and by written exam at the end of each year.

Philosophy is a highly regarded discipline at Universities and Higher Level institutions. Paired with a History A Level, or History of Art, it can be a route into just about any Humanities-related degree or Higher Diploma.


Further Information 2


My teachers have been so passionate about what they teach

Lavai Nielsen

Lavai Nielsen

Studied: English Language, Geography and Philosophy

Destination: King's College London to study Geography

Lavai, who would like to work for an international NGO after university, said: “Getting my results was surreal and a great relief. I am really looking forward to going to university and am really pleased that I made it in to my first choice university.

“My teachers have been so passionate about what they teach and they instill that same passion in you for your subjects.”

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Start date
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07 September 2018

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Course level
Level 3
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2 Years
Sixth Form College
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Full time
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A level entry requirements

A Level entry requirements

Our Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. Over 30 A Levels are on offer from Physics to History of Art.

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Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.