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Philosophy is the most ancient of academic disciplines, yet the uncertainties of modern living make the traditional philosophical challenges even more pressing in the 21st century. During your degree you will gain in-depth knowledge of the core areas of philosophy while pursuing your own interests through optional modules on the great philosophers and key philosophical topics. Year one offers modules that are accessible to students new to philosophy, while challenging those familiar with the subject. Lectures and class discussion are supplemented by tutorials involving three to five students. In year two, you will take one required module in the history of philosophy and choose from a wide range of optional modules. You will take further optional modules and write a dissertation in your final year. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to develop your own thoughts and to engage in philosophical debate. You can also substitute up to two modules from other subjects in each year of study.
Ethics; Knowledge and mind; Freedom and responsibility; Philosophy of religion; Early Greek philosophy; Philosophy of art; Existentialism; Political philosophy; Metaphysics; Moral philosophy; Philosophy of mind; Philosophy of language; Epistemology; Applied ethics; Philosophy of fiction; Gender, philosophy and feminism; Philosophy of science; Environmental ethics; Happiness and wellbeing; Philosophy of mathematics; Philosophy of sex; Philosophy of emotion; Philosophy of film; Kant; Nietzsche; Kierkegaard; Heidegger; Wittgenstein.
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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|Campus name||Main Site - Highfield Campus|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAB - ABB||
Typical offer: AAB to ABB
EPQ offer: ABB to BBB and Grade A in the EPQ
Contextual offer: ABB to BBB
General Studies is excluded for entry.
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDD||Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 39 credits
M: 6 credits
AAB to ABB:
AAB: 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3 including 39 credits at Distinction, and 6 credits at Merit
ABB: 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3 including 30 credits at Distinction, and 15 credits at Merit
|AS||The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A-levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects, however all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies).|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, D3, M2 - D3, M2, M2||
D3, D3, M2 to D3, M2, M2 from 3 Cambridge Pre-U principal subjects.
Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of A Level grade B.
|Extended Project||A||The University of Southampton values the Extended Project Qualification. Applicants taking the EPQ in addition to three A levels, will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ. For more information on the University of Southampton’s EPQ Admissions Policy, please see our webpage: www.southampton.ac.uk/learnwithustransition/epq-support/admissions-policy.page|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||34 - 32 points||
34 points, with 17 at Higher Level to 32 points, with 16 at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP):
The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Humanities Admissions Team at UGapply.FH@southampton.ac.uk for more information.
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 - H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3||H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 to H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DD||Distinction, Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and grade A to B in one A level|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D||Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and Grades AA to AB in two A Levels|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/assets/imported/transforms/content-block/UsefulDownloads_Download/76EAE52F749841A39C1965E3F54CDD76/university-of-southampton-curriculum-for-excellence-scotland-statement-July%202016.pdf. Applicants are advised to contact the Humanities Admissions team for more information at UGapply.FH@southampton.ac.uk|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||B||
Grades AA to AB in 2 A levels, and Grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.
General Studies is excluded for entry.
Our preferred subjects are Philosophy, History, English, Religious Studies, Classical Civilisation, Sociology, Government and Politics. Applicants who are taking an A Level (or equivalent level qualification) in one of our preferred subjects will usually receive an offer of ABB (or equivalent level in alternative qualification). Applicants who are not studying one of our below preferred subjects will usually receive an offer of AAB (or equivalent level in alternative qualification).
GCSEs: The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales). Some degree subjects stipulate specific additional GCSE minimum grades, which will be specified as part of the individual degree programme entry requirements.
Contextual admissions: The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. For more information on the University of Southampton’s Contextual Admissions Policy, please see our webpage: www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/contextual-admissions.page
English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the webpage: www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/language.page
For more details on the suitability of your qualifications or foundation programme please contact the Faculty of Humanities Admissions Team at UGapply.FH@southampton.ac.uk
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|