What is the curriculum trying to achieve?

Within the Social Sciences faculty we aim to provide students with a carefully sequenced learning journey in each subject, encouraging independence of thought, academic rigour and the ability to think critically about a wide range of social issues and their place within society. We work collaboratively to provide an experience for our students which is rich in critical thought, enabling all of our students to engage meaningfully with the course content for each subject. 


Philosophy encourages students to develop their thinking skills, preparing them for the world of tomorrow. It is a stimulating and challenging subject, fostering intellectual rigour and resilience, in which students can explore the core ideas and arguments of many of the greatest Western philosophers. This study allows them to develop their ability to analyse, evaluate, and organise their thoughts.  The subject is discussion-based, and students discuss a wide range of philosophical ideas over the two years, while also developing their creativity and their ability to compose clear, precise, and logical arguments themselves. 

Philosophy raises topics of fundamental interest to us as human beings. The A level involves the study of Epistemology (theories of knowledge), Ethics (theories of right and wrong), Philosophy of Religion (arguments about the nature and existence of God), and the Philosophy of Mind (arguments about the nature of the mind). 

Philosophy is of great value to students who will be faced by a rapidly changing world. The study of ethics fosters integrity and allows students to engage in a range of debates concerning equality, the rights of the individual and our potential impact on society. Whatever the changes affecting students in their lives, and the changing employment opportunities which will meet them, the ability to analyse and evaluate arguments and ideas will provide a strong foundation for their future. 

As well as showing ‘the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface in daily life’ (Russell), Philosophy encourages ambition and prepares students for high-powered professions - journalism, research, the civil service, politics, and law. A recent Times poll revealed the business world favours philosophy graduates above all others – for teaching them how to think. 

How do we organise learning?

Each of our subjects organises learning to achieve our federation vision of ‘Educating today’s students for the world of tomorrow: a seamless education from 4 to 19’.  Please click here to see a visual map of students’ planned ‘learning journey’ in philosophy across Key Stage 5.

To see more detail on what we teach, please click the relevant links below:

Year 12 curriculum summary

Year 13 curriculum summary

Anything else?

If you have any questions about our curriculum or require more information, please contact the Head of Faculty by emailing

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