A-Level Philosophy

Our course code: X917

Course fee £695 or from £52 per month

Enrol on this course

What can I be certain I know, why should I be moral and why should I be obliged to tolerate others? Exploring some of the biggest questions facing humankind, our home study A-level Philosophy course will introduce you to ideas from some of the greatest minds to have contributed towards Western thinking throughout history.

This wide-reaching distance learning qualification will encourage you to evaluate key philosophical concepts and themes and think about complex issues in new and challenging ways. You’ll develop a set of transferable intellectual skills that will promote independent thinking, improve your ability to produce rational arguments and become better at weighing up the evidence. A-Level Philosophy explores some of the big questions concerning reality and existence.

A-levels are the gold standard for education in the UK, recognised by universities and employers alike as a mark of significant achievement. Having an A-level demonstrates a thorough understanding of a subject, will boost your career prospects and will open up new opportunities for you.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

Exploring some of the biggest questions facing humankind, our home study A-level Philosophy course will introduce you to ideas from some of the greatest minds to have contributed towards Western thinking throughout history.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X917
  • Qualification code: 7172

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of up to 24 months after you enrol. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge, where you’ll find all your learning materials.



You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

Official exams

  • 3 hours, 50% of marks
  • 3 hours, 50% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you will also be required to complete:

  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 assignments.

These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course. There is no coursework.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an A-Level in Philosophy, issued by AQA. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - Its recommended that you're educated to GCSE standard or equivalent for the best chance at success.

UCAS Points - 56

Course Content

1: Introduction to epistemology
  • Philosophical terminology
  • What is knowledge?
  • Responses to Gettier
2: Perception as a source of knowledge
  • Direct realism
  • Indirect realism
  • Berkeley’s idealism
3: Reason as a source of knowledge
  • Rationalism, empiricism and innatism
  • Innatism
  • Empiricism: the tabula rasa argument
  • The intuition and deduction thesis
  • Empiricist responses
  • Scepticism: the limits of knowledge
4: Normative ethical theories
  • Introduction to ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Kantian ethics
  • Aristotelian virtue ethics
5: Meta-ethics and applied ethics
  • Moral realism
  • Moral anti-realism
  • Applied ethics
6: Metaphysics of God, 1: Arguments for the existence of God
  • The concept of God
  • The design argument
  • Swinburne’s design argument
  • The cosmological argument
7: Metaphysics of God, 2
  • The ontological argument
  • The problem of evil
  • Religious language
8: Metaphysics of mind, 1
  • Introduction to the metaphysics of mind
  • Substance of dualism
  • Philosophical behaviourism
  • Mind-brain type identity theory
  • Eliminative materialism
9: Metaphysics of mind, 2: physicalist theories
  • Functionalism
  • Property dualism
10: Metaphysics of mind, 3
  • Functionalism
  • Property dualism
  • Epiphenomenalism
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

Yes, there are additional texts you should read to supplement your learning: (1) Philosophy for AS and A Level: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy, M Lacewing, Routledge 2017. (2) Philosophy for A Level: Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind, M Lacewing, Routledge 2017.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. Where there are required additional text books, we include this as free eBooks.

You can study this course from anywhere in the world, but the exams must be taken within the UK.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!