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About the NCH School Certificate in Philosophy

The Schools Certificate in Philosophy is designed to provide students, usually in years 9 – 10 but open to all, with an opportunity to begin study of Philosophy as a subject alongside their other subjects of study at school. The course aims to enrich the curriculum as well as to promote engagement with philosophical ideas as a means of encouraging deeper learning. The course has been developed as a partnership between New College of the Humanities and Cranleigh School. Following a pilot year, the School Certificate Programme is now available to all schools, both within the UK and internationally. Course resources and support for teachers are being made freely available by NCH.

Following a course of study during which philosophical ideas are introduced and debated, students are invited to engage in a personally-chosen philosophy project. This project will typically take around 20 hours of work and can be produced in a variety of forms (e.g. written report, presentation, artwork or video). Assessment is carried out by the school with external moderation by an NCH assessor.

Key Dates

Key Dates for the 2021/22 Academic Year:

Sept 2021 Teaching of SCIP
November 2021 Online training session for teachers (covering teaching points and assessment)
1 April 2022 Deadline for school registration for SCIP 
1 June 2022 Deadline for online submission of projects 
June/July 2022 Moderation of projects
July/August 2022 Publication of results & certificates; exam feedback reports to schools & examiner’s report