Self-teaching AS PhilosophyWatch
I was curious as to whether self-teaching AS Philosophy is a good idea and if it is too difficult to do? I am also curious as to whether me doing philosophy at AS would help in my application for medicine. Also, is there any difference between Philosophy and Ethics or Philosophy (as a single subject)? Wich one would be better for applying to med? I know that AQA offer philosophy, but OCR seems to offer P&E in their RS course (im not sure though)?
Thanks for your time, it is highly appreciaited.
(btw, i am completely new to philosophy and i have barely any knowledge of the subject)
It is very do-able but you cannot take a romantic approach to the subject. You must simply consume the text book. Extra reading comes into play for getting good grades to a very small extent so try not to wander from the spec.
I don't know about AQA philosophy, but OCR's Philosophy & Ethics entails just that; half of the course if Philosophy of religion and half is on ethics. Being under the guise of Religious Studies yes it is very religion based, especially the Philosophy paper.
Look at a specification to see what would be covered, but it's pretty simple.
And yes, if you have the motivation and dedication, then you should be able to teach yourself it fine.
I don't know about it being relevant to medicine but you can write a lot about it in a personal statement, i.e. teaching myself philosophy taught me invaluable skills such as sustaining an argument, determination, perseverance etc.
It all looks good :]
Good luck if you do go ahead with it!