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A-Level Philosophy

Course Code: BA139

Course Overview

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.

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Course Content

  • AQA Specification Code: 2175

     AS Level:

    Section A: Epistemology
    • Perception: What are the immedate objects of perception?
    • The definition of knowledge: What is propositional knowledge?
    • The origin of concepts and the nature of knowledge: Where do ideas/concepts come from?
    Section B: The Philosophy of Religion
    • The Concept of God
    • Arguments relationg to the exstence of God
    • Religious Language
  •  A2 Level:

    Section A: Ethics
    • Ethical theories: How do we decide what it is morally right to do?
    • Utilitarianism
    • Kantian deontological ethics
    • Aristotle's virtue ethics
    • Ethical Language: What is the status of ethical language?
    • Cognitivism
    • Non-cognitivism
    Section B: Philosophy of Mind
    • The mind-body problem: what is the relationship between the mental and the physical?
    • Dualism
    • Materialism
    • Logical/analytical behaviourism
    • Mind-brain type identity theory
    • Eliminative materialism

Other Information

  • Assessment

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

    AS Level:

    • Paper 1: Section A Epistemology
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes


    • Paper 2: Section A Philosophy of Religion
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes


    A2 Level:

    • Paper 3: Section A Ethics
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes


    • Paper 4: Section B Philosophy of Mind
    • Type: Written examination
    • Duration: 1 hours 30 minutes
    • Please note: The last exams for this course are in 2018.
    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 this home learning course you will receive an A-Level in Philosophy (AS/A2) issued by AQA. Both AS and A2 level courses and 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. The last exams for this course are in 2018. 

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 NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *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?

We recommend the following text book to help you with your studies, however, it is not essential for completion of the course:

  • Philosophy for AS: Epistemology and Philosophy of Religion by Michael Lacewing (Routledge, 2014)
  • Philosophy for A2: Ethics and Philosophy of Mind by Michael Lacewing (Routledge, 2015)

This textbook can be purchased from most good booksellers.

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 examinations run on specific dates which 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 also need to obtain a good quality graphical calculator. 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 do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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