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What A-levels do you need to study philosophy?

You don't necessarily need an A-level in philosophy to go on to study philosophy at university. Here's how to make sure your A-level line-up ticks admissions tutors' boxes…

Philosophy is a popular degree that is normally open to you with any A-levels. However, some smart A-level choices will help prepare you for philosophy at degree level.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • None.


Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Maths.
  • Classical civilisations.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religious studies / Theology.

Other typical A-levels taken by current philosophy students

  • Maths.
  • English literature.
  • History.
Take a look at individual philosophy courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before taking a philosophy degree. 

Do note that many degrees will be open to you whichever A-levels you choose. Some courses will be happy with a subject just at AS-level while some courses may want the full A-level, so this is something to check before you finalise your A-level choices in Year 12.

Similar subject areas...

Similar subjects such as those listed above may have slightly different A-level requirements to philosophy, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check before you finalise your choices.


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