Topic outline

  • General

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    Welcome to preparing for A Level Philosophy!


    Teacher - Susannah Close 
    Email Susannah (s.close@eastcoast.ac.uk)


    This page will be updated regularly with course information and tasks for you to complete in order to prepare for your course. Have a look at the different sections that explain what you will be assessed on and the content that you will cover throughout the two years!

    Have a go at the Summer Project and taster session.
    I am very much looking forward to meeting all of you.


    If you have any questions about the course or anything to do with college life, please email heretohelp@eastcoast.ac.uk

  • Course Information

    A-level philosophy is a two year linear course and comprises four topic areas: Epistemology, Moral philosophy, the Metaphysics of God and the Metaphysics of mind. There is no coursework which leaves lots of time within the course to grapple with difficult concepts and learn at a steady pace!

    You will learn how to:

    • understand the ways in which philosophers have analysed the core concepts of philosophy, and be able to identify how subtle differences in analyses can have wider impacts on philosophical arguments

    • understand the main philosophical arguments within topics, through the works of philosophers, and articulate those arguments in appropriate forms, correctly, clearly and precisely

    • understand the philosophical claims which are made within each topic and be able to articulate those claims correctly, clearly and precisely. Students must also articulate how those claims might relate to other topic areas

    • understand the ways in which philosophical arguments are developed, issues are raised, and arguments are reformulated in response to those issues

    • understand the similarities and differences between the forms of reasoning used in different philosophical content areas, including the similarities and differences between different kinds of knowledge

    • generate responses using appropriate philosophical formats, to a range of philosophical questions. These responses must include: articulating definitions; articulating arguments and counter-arguments; and selecting, applying and evaluating appropriate material to generate their own arguments.


    You will understand and be able to:

    • identify argument within text

    • identify the structure of an argument: premises (including assumptions), reasons, conclusions (including sub-conclusions) and inferences

    • identify different forms of argument – including deduction and induction (including abduction) – and be able to analyse and evaluate arguments in ways appropriate to their form (including in terms of validity/invalidity, soundness/unsoundness, certainty/probability)

    • recognise and deal appropriately with different types of arguments/reasoning, including arguments from analogy and hypothetical reasoning (including the use of Ockham’s Razor)

    • recognise and deal appropriately with flaws in argument, including circularity, contradictions, question-begging and other fallacies

    • use examples and counter-examples

    • generate arguments, objections and counter-arguments. The subject content sets out what should be taught and learned. Where particular subject content is marked with an ie (that is), then that content must be taught. Ie (that is) is used to clarify precisely what is meant by specific content.

    Text books that may help you along the way...

     My Revision Notes: AQA A-level Philosophy Paper 1 Epistemology and ... My Revision Notes: AQA A-level Philosophy Paper 2 Metaphysics of ...

  • Taster Session