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Hi! I recently decided to swap my A level Geography with Philosophy but I feel like this was a mistake. I really enjoy Philosophy lessons, but I've read that the actual exam is just horrible and it's really hard to get a even a B. What do you guys think? Should I go back to Geography?

My second question is, the Philosophy course on my schedule is called "RE". Is it pure Philosophy?
On AQA's results page from 2019 there are two subjects called Philosophy - which one is it, 2176 or 7172?

Thank you for all the answers!
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RE stands for Religious Education, but this is often referred to as Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. So, it’s not pure philosophy, but the other topics tie in well with it.

It really depends on you, to be honest. What do you want to study in university? What do you want to do in later life? Which subject are you more interested in, as it’s in that you’re more likely to perform well in. Based on your answers to those questions, you should be able to figure out what’s right for you : )
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RE stands for Religious Education, but this is often referred to as Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. So, it’s not pure philosophy, but the other topics tie in well with it.

It really depends on you, to be honest. What do you want to study in university? What do you want to do in later life? Which subject are you more interested in, as it’s in that you’re more likely to perform well in. Based on your answers to those questions, you should be able to figure out what’s right for you : )
Thank you for the answer! Is it as respected as pure Philosophy? Is it harder or easier?

I'd like to study law in the future and I've taken History, Government and Politics and Philosophy. I think that's a pretty good set and I am motivated to work hard! The only thing that worries me is the actual a level Philosophy exam that I've read is super hard, but I feel like coming back to Geography after swaping it would be too awkward.
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up guys! I would like to hear from more of you!
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I tutor both, RE is easier than Philosophy.

If you tell me some of the subjects you've been studying in class, I'll be able to tell you whether you are doing Philosophy or RE.
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I tutor both, RE is easier than Philosophy.

If you tell me some of the subjects you've been studying in class, I'll be able to tell you whether you are doing Philosophy or RE.
Hey! Thank you for your answer. The course info booklet says the course consists of:

Year 12:
Epistemology (Knowledge)
Ethics (Right and Wrong)

Year 13:
Philosophy of Mind (Brains and Minds)
Philosophy or Religion God

Is it pure philosophy or RE? The booklet says "A level Philosophy AQA"
Also, which subject is it on the list?
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/over/st...S-JUN-2019.PDF

Thank you!
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Hey! Thank you for your answer. The course info booklet says the course consists of:

Year 12:
Epistemology (Knowledge)
Ethics (Right and Wrong)

Year 13:
Philosophy of Mind (Brains and Minds)
Philosophy or Religion God

Is it pure philosophy or RE? The booklet says "A level Philosophy AQA"
Also, which subject is it on the list?
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/over/st...S-JUN-2019.PDF

Thank you!
That is the Philosophy A level. No idea why your school calls it RE.

Specification code: 7172
QAN code: 603/0684/1

It's a hard one but very respected by universities.
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