ib curriculum



IB Philosophy is highly respected amongst University admissions tutors as it places thinking skills at the heart of study. The course leads directly to Philosophy, Theology & Religious Studies at University as well as to almost any course that requires logical thinking and cogent argument including Law, Business, Medicine and a wide range of Humanities degrees. Future careers are also considerably varied with opportunities presented in education, management, law, business, broadcasting, marketing, medicine and the Civil Service to name just a few. IB Philosophy is an excellent preparation for any career that requires the transferable skills of analysing information, precise evaluation and clear thinking.


Entry requirements: None

Part 1 – Themes Core Theme – [All pupils] Being Human – Pupils explore the nature of the human condition, concepts of freedom, individuality and meaning. This is a wide ranging module looking at ideas and questions from a broad section of cultures, perspectives and understandings of humanity.

Optional Theme – [All pupils] Theories & Problems of Ethics – Pupils explore the principles, which underpin moral action as well as the application of morality in areas of medical technology, environmental issues and the responsibility of wealth.

Optional Theme – [Higher Level Only] Political Philosophy – Pupils examine the nature of the state, government, rights and justice. This includes study of crime and punishment, protest, political ideologies and civic duty.

Part 2 – Prescribed Philosophical Text – Pupils are required to study one text from the IBO list of prescribed philosophical texts.

Part 3 – Internal Assessment – Pupils are required to produce a philosophical analysis of non-philosophical material, to demonstrate their philosophical skills.

Part 4 – Unseen Text [Higher Level Only] – Pupils are required to develop a philosophical response to an unseen text that demonstrates the idea of ‘doing philosophy’, and shows a holistic appreciation of the skills, material and ideas developed throughout the course.