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Higher Philosophy (Course Code: C754 76)

SCQF Level 6 (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 be expected to have achieved:

What will I study?

A central theme of this course is to engage with difficult questions of life such as existence, truth, reality and what it means to be moral. Each unit of the course promotes the development of thinking, reasoning and communication skills. You will be introduced to philosophical theories and argument and develop the ability to analyse and evaluate theories and arguments

The course consists of three compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Philosophy: Arguments in Action (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Philosophy: Knowledge and Doubt (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Philosophy: Moral Philosophy (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment has two components:

The question paper will sample philosophical knowledge and understanding from course units and will assess your ability to apply knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate theories and complex arguments. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will be a philosophical investigation using philosophical skills, knowledge and understanding to give a reasoned view on a question. 

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in:

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Highers in a Nutshell - Philosophy (CfE Higher)