This A Level course introduces Our Lady of Sion students to some of the key areas of study in Philosophy: Epistemology, Moral philosophy, the Metaphysics of God and the Metaphysics of mind. The course is an extensive introduction to answering some key fundamental questions – What is knowledge?” and “What do good, bad, right and wrong really mean?”: “Is the concept of God incoherent?” and “What is mind?”

By taking this course students will improve their logical reasoning skills, learn to develop arguments and acquire invaluable analytical skills.

Students are taught through discussion and lectures as well as reading and written tasks. Sion students are encouraged to read original texts and to engage with online resources, videos and podcasts to develop their understanding and to increase engagement with current philosophical issues. By studying Philosophy students can better understand the workings and values of the world around them.

In learning how to analyse and evaluate philosophical arguments and develop reasoned judgements. Students will be able to:

  • understand the ways in which philosophers have analysed the core concepts of philosophy.
  • articulate philosophical arguments in appropriate forms, correctly, clearly and precisely.
  • understand philosophical claims and the issues raised by them and how arguments are reformulated in response to those issues.
  • understand the similarities and differences between the forms of reasoning used in different philosophical areas.
  • generate responses using appropriate philosophical formats to a range of philosophical questions. This includes articulating definitions and arguments as well as developing their own arguments.

Philosophy at A Level is useful for many courses at university including Law, Theology, Politics, History, English and the Social Sciences. It can support studies in Mathematics and Computer Science too. Philosophy would benefit careers in law, politics, the civil service, journalism and education, or where an ability to relate the abstract to everyday experience is needed. It would also be advantageous in many professions where ethical issues arise such as the medical profession.

Mrs B Martin, LLB (Hons); LLM; PGCE
Teacher of Philosophy