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National 5 Philosophy (Course Code: C854 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Philosophy?

Philosophy involves the exploration of questions about knowledge, morality and the world we live in.

This course will enable you to become more aware of the complexity of everyday and philosophical questions and arguments. You will develop skills in evaluating evidence, presenting arguments and justifying conclusions, enhancing your thinking and reasoning skills.

The skills you learn in this course are not only essential in a wide range of careers, but provide a valuable contribution to your personal, social and intellectual development.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:

What will I study?

You will have the opportunity to engage with challenging questions about the human condition such as existence, truth, reality and what it means to be moral. You will learn how to use philosophical skills to clearly explain philosophical positions and theories. You will learn the skills involved in analysing, evaluating and structuring arguments. You will also find out how philosophers work.

The course comprises three areas of study. 

Philosophy: Arguments in Action

You will:

Philosophy: Knowledge and Doubt

You will:

Philosophy: Moral Philosophy

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has two components totalling 100 marks:

For the assignment component, you will be asked to produce a report based on an investigation into a philosophical question or claim. The assignment will be set by your school or college and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The question paper will be set and marked externally by the SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in: