A Level Philosophy

Course codes: OSC1290 / OSC1310
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Study A Level Philosophy from the comfort of your own home and choose when to take your exams. A convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments.

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Official AQA Philosophy A Level
  • Full course materials
  • Full tutor support
  • Study at your own pace
  • Exam fees included - we'll book your exams for you when you're ready!
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging learners to select online study as the delivery of study packs will be delayed up to 2 weeks. For those students who still wish to select study pack, we are providing free e-learning access, where available, to avoid any interruption of study. These students will receive access to our e-learning platform within 24 hours, and their study pack will follow in due course. Students who wish to study online only, are unaffected and will receive their e-learning access within 24 hours.

Course Overview

As well as your A Level course materials and tutor support, this course can includes the examination fees needed to successfully gain your A Level Philosophy qualification and those all-important UCAS points. 

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A Level. When you are ready, we will book the exams for you so you can focus on your studies. 

This course can be completed without taking the A Level exam.

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Course Outcome

A Level in Philosophy (you must take the A Level exams to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Assessment

2 paper-based exams.

Course Content

AQA Specification Code: 7172

  • What is epistemology?
  • Perception as a source of knowledge
  • Reason as a source of knowledge
  • The limits of knowledge
  • Normative ethical theories
  • Applied ethics
  • Meta ethics
  • God’s attributes
  • Arguments relating to the existence of God
  • Religious Language
  • What do we mean by mind?
  • Dualist theories
  • Physicalist theories
  • Functionalism
Extra Info

Assessment

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

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. Your only deadlines are the A Level examinations, which take place at certain times during the year.

If you add on the exams, the examinations for this course will be taken at a centre in Birmingham or Macclesfield; we will book these for you when you feel you are ready. Additional exam centres in various locations will soon become available.

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 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.

Thinking of Going to University?

Open Study College are proud to partner with QA Higher Education, providing students with the unique opportunity to progress into higher education. This partnership aims to support our students in finding and securing a university place at one of QA Higher Education’s conveniently located teaching centres across the UK.

Exam details

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
Q&As

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.

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.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • Examination fees
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College study pack

* Not included with the online study option

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.

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations in order to fully complete this course. If you add on the exams, we will book these exams for you. 

Please note: if you have added on your exams, you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham or Macclesfield examination centre.

No, all costs are included within the price! If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these separately. You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional. 

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.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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