BA Philosophy (V500)

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UCAS code V500
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six years with daytime, weekday teaching
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 59

About BA Philosophy

This course offers you both depth and breadth over three years of exciting and challenging study.

In the first year, you will gain a grounding in the fundamentals of philosophy through two mandatory Introduction to Philosophy units. You will also take units in logic and metaphysics, which will stretch you with challenging ideas that most other philosophy courses in the UK only offer to students in their second year.

You can also choose units such as Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, and Aristotle's Ethics, or you may decide to take open units outside Philosophy in your first year.

In your second year you complete your foundation in analytic philosophy before progressing to advanced units in your third year, when you will also take two independent study units and write an extended essay for each, supervised one-on-one over a term.

More about Philosophy

Find out more about studying Philosophy at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Introduction to Philosophy A
  • Introduction to Philosophy B
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Further optional units in Philosophy or open unit

Second year

  • Realism and Normativity
  • Five further optional units in Philosophy

Third year

  • Two extended essays
  • Four further optional units in Philosophy.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Philosophy

Typical offer for BA Philosophy - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
AAA 
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB 
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall with 18 points at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall with 17 points at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DDD 
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade B or above in Mathematics. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered but places are limited to ensure fairness to applicants applying the following year

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
Email: choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

Enquiries about part-time applications should be directed to:
Email: david.fowler@bristol.ac.uk

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