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Philosophy A Level - Level 3


A-level Philosophy is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the key concepts and methods of philosophy. You will have the opportunity to engage with big questions in a purely secular context. You will develop important skills that you need for progression to higher education. You will learn to be clear and precise in your thinking and writing. You will engage with complex texts, analysing and evaluating the arguments of others and constructing and defending your own arguments.

What does it combine with?

Start dates and fees

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September 20242111Apply online

What will I study?

  • Epistemology
  • Moral philosophy
  • Metaphysics of God
  • Metaphysics of mind

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and maths, and a humanities subject such as religious education, history, geography, English literature or law.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

If you're a student between the ages of 16 and 18 (or 19 to 25 with an EHC Plan) we want to make sure you have the best possible chances of landing an awesome job once you finish college.

Students who haven't achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE maths or English to continue studying these subjects while you're here with us. By doing so, you'll be building a strong foundation of skills that will significantly boost your employability in the future.

Think of it as a chance to supercharge your knowledge and abilities. You'll be equipped with the tools necessary to tackle the world beyond college with confidence. Plus, we'll be right here to support you every step of the way.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How will I be assessed?


  • Paper 1: Epistemology and moral philosophy

What's assessed?

  • Sections 1 and 2

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 3 hours


  • Section A: Five questions on epistemology
  • Section B: Five questions on moral philosophy


  • Paper 2: The metaphysics of God and the metaphysics of mind

What's assessed?

  • Sections 3 and 4

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 3 hours


  • Section A: Five questions on the metaphysics of God
  • Section B: Five questions on the metaphysics of mind

What can I progress onto?

A Level Philosophy sharpens your skills of analysis and your ability to construct solid arguments. These transferable skills make it ideal preparation for most academic university courses*, in particular law, politics and the social sciences.

*As we are a partner college of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), you may qualify for various benefits should you choose to apply to NTU after completing your college course. This could include a Progress NTU offer, where you would receive an offer one grade below their standard offer. For instance, a typical offer for one of their courses might require 128 UCAS tariff points. With Progress NTU, your requirements would be 120 UCAS tariff points. For further details, please call us on 0808 100 3626 or discover more about this benefit here.

Career opportunities

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How do I apply?

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