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A Level Philosophy

Studying Philosophy at BSix
Philosophy is a difficult subject in which you are expected to stretch your powers of reasoning in order to think deeply about your attitudes and opinions, to question things we don't usually question.

Specific Questions we will be seeking to answer in the AS Course include: Does the existence of God just depend on your point of view? Are we born with knowledge or does experience teach us all we know? Can an animal be a person? Should we tolerate the intolerant? Do we have free will?

Of course, we are not the first to consider these questions, so we need to read and learn the views of the great philosophers on whose shoulders we are standing. Thus, among others, we seek to understand and evaluate the following propositions: 'Cogito ergo sum' (Rene Descartes); "I may detest what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" (Voltaire); and
"There was once a man who said "damn",
It is borne upon me that I am
An engine that moves in predestinate grooves
I'm not even a bus, I'm a tram" (Maurice Evan Hare)

Exploring these issues means that many lessons are discussion based. The course is delivered on the principle that students learn best when they are interested, and the aim is to make what we do both relevant and varied, so, among other things, students will be teaching each other, watching some film, and even playing the occasional game, in addition to occasionally having to listen to the teacher!

Beyond the classroom
If you are interested in progressing to university you can also get involved with the College’s Raising Aspirations programme which will include trips to universities as well as specialist speakers and other events.

The skills learnt through studying philosophy are transferable to many career routes and could also lead on to a range of humanities based degree courses at university.

Recommended reading
"What does it all mean?" Thomas Nagel
"Think!" Simon Blackburn
"The philosophy gym" Stephen Law

If you have any questions about our courses please contact the Admissions team on 0800 3892 947 or via e-mail to info@bsix.ac.uk and we will arrange for a curriculum specialist to respond to your enquiry
Rick Brown has 6 years of experience teaching philosophy, having studied the subject at Oxford University. His students have achieved considerable success at A-level, and some have even had their eyes opened!
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