1Course Overview

A Level Philosophy

Course code: OSC1290

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  • Official AQA Philosphy A Level
  • Full Course Materials
  • Full Tutor Support
  • Study at your own pace
  • Exam fees not included - to include exams see our A Level Philosophy inc Exams

Study A Level Philosophy from home – your route to academic success!

This new A Level course has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident you are studying the most up-to-date academic content.

On this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with

Studying A Levels with us lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared. A convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A Level.

Please note: The first opportunity to sit the exams for this A Level Philosophy course are in 2019.

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2Course Content

AQA Specification Code: 7172

Topic 1: Epistemology
  • What is epistemology?
  • Perception as a source of knowledge
  • Reason as a source of knowledge
  • The limits of knowledge
Topic 2: Moral philosophy
  • Normative ethical theories
  • Applied ethics
  • Meta ethics
Topic 3: Metaphysics of God
  • God’s attributes
  • Arguments relating to the existence of God
  • Religious Language
Topic 4: Metaphysics of mind
  • What do we mean by mind?
  • Dualist theories
  • Physicalist theories
  • Functionalism
3Other Information
Exams and Assessment

To achieve the full Philosophy A Level you must take the exams. These will be assessed across the four sections. All units will be assessed by two paper-based examinations:

  • Paper 1: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Weighing: 50% of total A Level
  • Total Marks: 100
  • Assessed: Topics 1 and 2
  • Assessment format: Five questions on epistemology and five questions on moral philosophy
  • Paper 2: The metaphysics of God and the metaphysics of Mind
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Weighing: 50% of total A Level
  • Total marks: 100
  • Assessed: Topics 3 and 4
  • Assessment format: Five questions on the metaphysics of God and five questions on the metaphysics of Mind

This course contains your coursework only.
To include exams, see our A Level Philosophy inc Exams

Course Duration

You will have 2 years to complete the full A Level from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an A Level in Philosophy by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or via email, you choose! Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course pack will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the exams you will receive an A Level in Philosophy issued by AQA. All examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A Level. We have chosen this syllabus as it is the best suited to distance learning. Please note the first opportunity for you to sit these exams are in 2019. 
If you want to include your exams and booking, see our A Level Philosophy inc Exams, where we will book your exams for you!


Course Questions & Answers

Is this the same qualification as an A Level from a school or college?

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not require any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course, however, you will need to be able to read and write fluently in English.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE NUS Extra card
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Not included with the online study option
Is there a required reading list?

It is recommended that you purchase these textbooks to supplement your learning, however this is not essential. 

  • M Lacewing, Philosophy for AS and A Level: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy 2017 published by Routledge
  • M Lacewing, Philosophy for A Level: Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind 2017 published by Routledge.

You can purchase these from most good book sellers. 

Do I have to sit an exam?

You will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to fully complete this course. The first opportunity for you to sit these exams are in 2019, these dates can be obtained by visiting the AQA website. You will be required to book these examinations yourself and we can provide a list of over 400 A Level test centres around the country.

Are there any additional costs?

You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional. You will be required to pay for your exams and fees to take your exams at the examining centre that you choose.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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