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About the Northeastern University London School Certificate in Philosophy


The School 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 Northeastern University London 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 Northeastern University London.

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 a Northeastern University London assessor.

Key Dates

Key Dates for the 2022/23 Academic Year:

Sept 2023 In school teaching of SCIP
November 2023 Online training session for teachers (covering teaching points and assessment)
1 April 2024 Deadline for school registration for SCIP 
1 June 2024 Deadline for online submission of projects 
June/July 2024 Moderation of projects
August 2024 Publication of results & certificates; exam feedback reports to schools & examiner’s report