The study of Philosophy facilitates the development of analytical rigour and the ability to criticise and reason logically. Philosophy addresses the general and ultimate problems that we might consider, such as the nature of reality, the purpose of human existence, and the basis of knowledge – and asks you to adopt a depth of questioning that you may not have previously sought. It also scrutinises the methods that are used to answer such questions. In the context of the degree course you will learn to apply these skills to questions concerning how we acquire knowledge or how we make ethical judgements, but the skills you will develop are applicable to almost any career.
In the context of PPE at Oxford, the course brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and human world around us.
When applying to Oxbridge, you will have to complete a UCAS form before the October 15th deadline. Candidates are only allowed to apply to one of Oxford or Cambridge, and they can choose to apply to a particular college, or make an open application. As part of the UCAS form, you will have to write a 4000 character personal statement, and a teacher will have to provide a reference. The institution code for Cambridge is CAM C05 and for Oxford is O33.
The UCAS code for undergraduate PPE at Oxford is L0V0, and V500 BA/Ph for Philosophy at Cambridge. Applicants may only apply for Oxford or Cambridge, but not both. It is usual to stipulate a choice of college in the UCAS application, although both universities allow you to make an ‘open’ application via that university’s central admissions office which will then allocate you to a particular. Those wishing to make and open application should enter a ‘9’ in the campus choice box on their UCAS form. The other options to study Philosophy at Oxford include:
- Philosophy and modern languages:
Beginners’ Czech VR5R
Beginners’ Modern Greek VR59
Modern Greek VQ57
Beginners’ Italian RV35
Beginners’ Portuguese VR5M
- Theology with Philosophy VV56
- Physics with Philosophy VF53
- Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics CV85/VQ51
Cambridge Undergraduate Course requirements:
Typical offers require
A Level: A*AA
IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
There are no particular subjects at A Level required to study the Philosophy course. Studying Philosophy at A Level does not in itself confer an advantage, and a mix of arts and science is encouraged. Maths may also be useful Applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity for clear-headed logical reasoning and abstract thought.
For Hughes Hall, A Level (or equivalent) Mathematics or Physics is recommended, but not mandatory, for Part II of the course.
Admissions tests: Most colleges will have their own admissions test at interview, and some may ask for a school essay to be presubmitted.
Oxford Undergraduate Course requirements:
• Advanced Highers: AA
• IB: 39 (including core points) with 7, 6, 6 at HL
Again, no subjects are stipulated as a necessary,however, for PPE the majority (90% in 2011 according to the Oxford website) will have studied Maths.
All candidates hoping to study PPE must also take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) as part of their application. This is a test of problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning. Critical thinking skills, including understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language. There is a part 1 comprising 50 questions which lasts 90 minutes and a 30 minute written task testing your ability to organise ideas in a clear and concise manner.
Philosophy and Theology does not require the TSA.
Please see www.oxbridgesciences.com/physics for details of the Physics with Philosophy course.