Exploring some of the biggest questions facing humankind, our home study AQA A-level Philosophy course will introduce you to ideas from some of the greatest minds to have contributed towards Western thinking throughout history.
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What is right and wrong? Does God exist? What is the mind? A-level Philosophy will challenge you to think deeply about some of life’s most profound questions, as you investigate and debate them. You’ll learn how to be open-minded, think independently and weigh up evidence on both sides of an argument.
Through the exploration of key ideas that have challenged philosophers for centuries, this AQA A-level Philosophy course will introduce you to key ideas from some of the greatest minds to have contributed to Western thinking.
What you will learn
Unit 1 - Epistemology
What is knowledge?
The Tripartite View
Perception as a source of knowledge
Reason as a source of knowledge
Intuition and deduction thesis
Descartes’ Theory of Ideas
The limits of knowledge
Unit 2 - Moral philosophy
Normative ethical theories
Kantian deontological ethics
Aristotelian virtue ethics
Unit 3 - Metaphysics of God
The nature and concept of God
Arguments relating to the existence of God
Teleological / Design arguments
Cosmological arguments and criticisms
The problem of ‘evil’
Unit 4 - Metaphysics of Mind
What do we mean by ‘mind’?
Mind-Brain Type Identity Theory
Unit 5 - Exam Preparation
Practice Paper 1
Practice Paper 2
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Recognised through UCAS
This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.
Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive the qualification: A-level Philosophy, issued by AQA. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.
This syllabus (7172) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for A-level Philosophy examinations for Summer 2024.
You will be required to complete the two written exams:
Paper 1: 3 hours, 50% of A-level, 100 marks.
Paper 2: 3 hours, 50% of A-level, 100 marks.
It’s recommended that you’re educated to GCSE standard or equivalent for the best chance at success. This AQA A-level Philosophy syllabus is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.
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