About the course…

Do you ever wonder what life is about, why we are here and what our purpose is? Do you ever question how we decide what is right and what is wrong? Or even wonder who decides what is right or wrong? 

From ancient times to today, history’s greatest minds have searched for answers to the big questions in life. Science call tell us how, but it can’t tell us why. Studying Philosophy means exploring these challenges in theoretical, practical, logical and historical contexts. 

Philosophers are big thinkers, able to challenge commonly accepted ideas with their intellect and open-mindedness.

Why study with us…

• Philosophy encourages open-mindedness and can actually change your character.

• You will study a range of interesting topics, including moral philosophy (what is the meaning of good, bad, right and wrong?), epistemology (what is knowledge?) and metaphysics of mind (the study of ideas relating to the physical and the mental).

• You will meet visiting academics from prestigious universities and organisations, as well as having the opportunity to attend taster sessions and conferences. There is also the opportunity to join the debating club, where you can put your
reasoning skills to the test.

Where Philosophy can take you…

You can progress to a philosophy degree or a combined degree such as philosophy, politics and economics (PPE), or a range of dual honours degrees which combines philosophy with theology, physics, linguistics, literature, languages, law, music or maths.

Philosophy prepares you for any job that requires you to think well, clearly and rigorously. Industries such as journalism, politics, law, advertising and the Civil Service all welcome a qualification in philosophy.

Entry requirements…

  • Must meet overall entry criteria for A Level study
  • Grade 5s in GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language