IB Philosophy (Block B)

History, Philosophy and Theology

History, Philosophy and Theology
History, Philosophy and Theology

What will you be working towards?

Code PHIIB01
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Higher Level
Course type Full Time


This Philosophy course provides an opportunity for students to engage with some of the world’s most interesting and influential thinkers. It also develops highly transferable skills (see the list below). The emphasis is on ‘doing philosophy’, that is, on actively engaging students in philosophical activity. The course is focused on stimulating students’ intellectual curiosity and encouraging them to examine both their own perspectives and those of others.

Skills developed:

- knowledge and understanding

- application and analysis

- synthesis and evaluation

- selection, use and application of

appropriate skills and techniques

- thinking and research skills

- comprehension

- text analysis

- use of primary sources

- ability to formulate arguments clearly 

- ability to make reasoned judgments

- to evaluate highly complex and multifaceted issues. 

This course is for students who want to further develop their studies from the GCSE Religious Studies Course.

Students who have not studied Religious Studies will be considered but should have a desire to develop:

- an inquiring and intellectually curious way of thinking 

- an appreciation for the diversity of approaches within philosophical thinking 

- an application of their philosophical knowledge and skills to the world around them.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment on the course is both internal and external. The external element consists of three written exam papers and accounts for 80% of the final grade.

External assessment:

Paper 1:

Section A: Questions on the core theme ‘Being Human’

Section B: Questions on the optional themes: Ethics and the Philosophy of Religion

2.5 hours 40%

Paper 2:

Questions on the Philosophical Text covered. 1 hour 20%

Paper 3:

This paper consists of one unseen text. Students are required to write a response to this text, comparing and contrasting their experience of philosophical activity with the view(s) of philosophical activity found in the text.1.25 hours 20%

Internal Assessment:

In the internal assessment students are required to complete a philosophical analysis of a non-philosophical stimulus. It accounts for 20% of the final grade.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 at GCSE Religious Studies

We will consider students who have not taken GCSE Religious Studies but have a Grade 5 in English Literature and a passion for the subject.

Your next steps...

Undergraduate studies in Religion, Philosophy and/or Ethics.

A qualification in Philosophy doesn’t limit you to just this subject area, it can lead to other opportunities such as: law, teaching, police work, social work, civil service, charity officer, youth worker and many more!