Philosophy poses, and attempts to answer, some of the fundamental questions of human existence.

Whilst religions often try to answer these questions based on revelation, philosophy attempts to answer them based on reason. Philosophy is an approach of sceptical enquiry, and demands the critical evaluation of alternative solutions to these fundamental questions. Philosophy lessons at Cokethorpe provide students with the opportunity to think about these questions, to articulate their views, and to assess different answers. Consequently, Philosophy encourages pupils to think both critically and creatively.

Philosophy at A Level allows students to develop a deeper understanding of challenging concepts and provides the skills to analyse and construct arguments. Students must be open to different ways of thinking and be able to give clear evidence for their beliefs.

Why Choose Philosophy

  • The A Level course is an ideal complement for students who also wish to study History, Politics, Economics or Psychology at A Level.
  • Accordingly, trained philosophers are to be found in a whole host of professions, including (but by no means limited to) the Law, the Civil Service, Politics, IT companies, Financial Institutions, Charities and Media Employers (as well as academic institutions). 
  • The ability to develop an argument, and to think and express ideas clearly is an invaluable tool.

Exam Board

Further information on the Philosophy A Level can be found on the AQA website.

Course Content

AS Level

Unit 1 – Epistemology

  • Perception: What are the immediate objects of perception?
  • The definition of knowledge: What is propositional knowledge?
  • The origin of concepts and the nature of knowledge: where do ideas/concepts and knowledge come from?

Unit 2 – Philosophy of Religion

  • The concept of God
  • Arguments relating to the existence of God
  • Religious language

A2 Level

Unit 3 – Ethics

  • Ethical theories: How do we decide what it is morally right to do?
  • Ethical language: What is the status of ethical language?

Unit 4 – Philosophy of Mind

  • The mind–body problem: What is the relationship between the mental and the physical?
  • Non-reductive accounts of the Mind


All units are 100% exam. There is no coursework required for A Level Philosophy