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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 2020/21 Academic Year:

Sept 2020 Teaching of SCIP
November 2020  Online training session for teachers (covering teaching points and assessment)
21 March 2020  Deadline for entries for SCIP 
15 May 2021    Deadline for online submission of projects 
June 2020 Moderation of projects
July/August 2021 Publication of results & certificates; exam feedback reports to schools & examiner’s report