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A-Level Philosophy

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 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:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (work as quickly as you like)
  • Administration and 5-day assignment marking is included
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Pro-active personal tutors – we contact you, 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)

Proactive tutors

We contact you, help you write a study plan and support you throughout.

Awarding body: AQA
Our course ref: A017
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.

Course Duration

You will benefit from our personal tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. If you need longer, this, of course can be arranged. It’s really up to you but, as a guide, an A-level course takes about 250-300 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor.

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, e-books, and online quizzes.

Assessment

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.

Assignments

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
Section 1
Introduction to epistemology
  • Philosophical terminology
  • What is knowledge?
  • Responses to Gettier

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 which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. 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. Costs vary between test centres and please be aware that we can organise a local exam centre for you or you can choose your own.

Additional texts may 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.

Yes. There is one additional fee of £325, which covers the costs of all your exams for this subject. 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.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

Boost UCAS points
Sandeep. K

I had to do this course to boost my UCAS points and I passed! It got me where I needed to be.

fast track
Sara Castro

I enrolled on this course as I needed extra points for Uni. Oxbridge were able to fast track me and I was able to do this in a much shorter time frame than the 2 years.

Unexpected and very grateful
Ivett

I needed some help and called the college and despite my tutor not being available they were able to pass my call to a subject specialist, Chris gave me some great help and advice. He also recommended some books to aid my learning – Unexpected and very grateful.

Thought provoking
Keith Procter

I particularly enjoyed learning the bits about religion, it was quite thought-provoking. My tutor was fairly helpful as were the College. A-Levels are hard work, there’s no question of that so be prepared to work hard.

Thought-provoking
Keith

I particularly enjoyed learning the bits about religion, it was quite thought-provoking. My tutor was fairly helpful as were the college team. A-Levels are hard work, there’s no question of that so be prepared to work hard.

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