Philosophy at BWS


What does the course involve?

In the first year you will engage in a study of the philosophical method, how to argue and how to evaluate other arguments. From this point we will move into the study of Ethics, Religion, Knowledge and Mind. Over the two years our focus will be on the central questions of human existence, why is there something rather than nothing? Does God exist? Is there an objective set of moral values? What is my personal identity? To help us answer these questions we will look at the arguments put forward by some of the greatest minds there have ever been. This is a subject that will change how you view the world and give you advantages throughout the rest of your life.
This is the provisional course outline – awaiting confirmation of Specification by Exam Board.

How will you learn?

There will be a significant emphasis on guided independent study and we will expect our students at the end of the course to be confident in directing their own learning. During class lessons there will be discussions and guided learning. All teaching materials and some pieces of extra reading will be available to access online. As you would expect there will be a requirement for students to produce essays, but significant help will be given and dates known well in advance. This course will thoroughly prepare learners for life beyond school at university or in the world of work. We have negotiated a reduced rate private membership package to Sarum College Library on behalf of our students.

What exams and coursework are involved?

Students will take two exams at the end of the final year and these will contain a variety of questions: some will be short answer questions and there will also be longer essay questions.

What are the entry requirements?

Grade B or above at Short or Long course GCSE Religious Studies (or another Humanities subject if Religious Studies was not taken at GCSE).

What could you do after completing the course?
Studying Philosophy helps students develop a range of key skills including the ability to think clearly and critically, analyse arguments and present ideas logically and persuasively. As well as giving an excellent foundation for those intending to apply for Philosophy at university, the course will be a useful addition for a wide range of other Higher Education courses - Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Students including Philosophy in their A level choices have successfully secured places on courses at top universities including Medicine, Law, PPE, History, Mathematics, Theology, Art, Music and English Literature, to name a few.

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