Specification and Topics covered at A Level
In the Sixth Form we offer an A-Level in Philosophy. This is the 2017 AQA Philosophy A-Level (Specification Course 7172).
The course covers the following topics in philosophy:
- The Metaphysics of God
- The Metaphysics of Mind
- Moral Philosophy
How will your son be assessed at A Level?
This is a linear, two year course and will be assessed at the end of Year 13 through two three-hour papers. Paper 1 will cover Epistemology and Moral Philosophy and constitute 50% of the assessment. Paper 2, the other 50%, will cover The Metaphysics of God and The Metaphysics of Mind. Each paper consists of two sections, with five questions on each topic – one worth 3 marks, two worth 5 marks, one worth 12 marks and a piece of extended writing worth 25 marks. A total of 100 marks per paper.
Internally, alongside regular practice questions, each half term there will be a timed Common Assessment essay to further develop and assess student progress, as well as an internal final exam at the end of Year 12 on which to decide progression into Year 13.
How could you support your son to learn during Years 12 & 13?
Moodle, the school VLE, will be a key learning resource for your son throughout his A-Level. Key resources, lesson notes, further reading materials, etc, will be available there, alongside a comprehensive reading list and the AQA’s own online anthology of key philosophical texts. However, to compliment this, the following textbooks may offer useful support materials:
- Lacewing, M, Philosophy for AS and A-Level: Epistemology and Ethics*
- Lacewing, M, Philosophy for A-Level: Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind*
- Cardinal, D, et al, AQA A-Level Philosophy Year 1 and AS: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy*
- Cardinal, D, et al, AQA A-Level Philosophy Year 2: Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind*
- S Blackburn: Think
- T Nagel: What does it all mean?
- N Warburton: Philosophy: The Basics
*Ensure it’s the 2017 Lacewing/Cardinal books, not previous editions published for the old Philosophy course in 2014!
You can also encourage your son to read around the subject, either using the school VLE for useful links to Philosophy websites/podcasts/blogs, etc., the reading list we have supplied or encouraging him to read a newspaper if there are matters of philosophical and ethical interest being covered. He should also be encouraged to follow our Twitter feed where further interesting links will be shared.
Ask him what topics he is covering and ask him questions about them. Challenge his answers. Encourage him to give good reasons to back up the answers he gives.