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  • A-Level Philosophy

    A Level Philosophy is a brilliant introduction to core philosophical themes and approaches. You will study the fundamental problems of philosophy including the nature of god, as well as exploring philosophers like Descartes and Kant and their ideologies.

    • Course Description

      A Level Philosophy

      Course code: HSAL10

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 24 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Philosophy

      Awarding body: AQA

      A Level Philosophy is a brilliant introduction to core philosophical themes and approaches. You will study the fundamental problems of philosophy including the nature of god, as well as exploring philosophers like Descartes and Kant and their ideologies.

      Philosophy is a passion for many people and this A Level gives those learning at home a great opportunity to grapple with and enjoy the subject.

    • Philosophy course overview

      A Level Philosophy covers Epistemology, the concept of god, religious language as well as Utilitarianism, Dualism and Materialism, giving the student a comprehensive introduction to the subject.

      This course is a natural partner to those studying A Levels in History, Classical Civilisations and Government and Politics. You will develop transferable skills like the development of reason and the ability to construct arguments.

      Skills gained

      • Building and constructing powerful arguments.
      • Integrating themes and texts.
      • Developing a grounding in key philosophical concepts, themes, texts and techniques.
      • Developing reasoning ability as well as the skills to express themselves coherently and contribute to the process of debate.
      • The consideration of philosophical problems through the study of a key text.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 4 units:

      AS Level

      Unit 1: PHIL 1 Epistemology

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Unit 2: PHIL 2 Philosophy of Religion

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      A2 Level

      Unit 3: PHIL 3 Ethics

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Unit 4: PHIL 4 Philosophy of Mind

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Course content

      Unit 1: Epistemology

      Module 1: Perception

      Module 2: The definition of knowledge

      Module 3: The origin of concepts and nature of knowledge

      Unit 2: The Philosophy of Religion

      Module 1: The Concept of God

      Module 2: Arguments relating to the existence of God

      Module 3: Religious language

      Unit 3: Ethics

      Module 1: Ethical theories

      Module 2: Utilitarianism

      Module 3: Kantian deontological ethics

      Module 4: Artistotle’s virtue ethics

      Module 5: Ethical Language

      Module 6: Cognitivism

      Module 7: Non-cognitivisim

      Unit 4: Philosophy of Mind

      Module 1: The mind-body problem

      Module 2: Dualism

      Module 3: Materialism

      Module 4: Logical/analytical behaviourism

      Module 5: Mind-brain type identity theory

      Module 6: Eliminative materialism


      The AQA A Level Philosophy qualification is gained once all 4 exam papers are successfully completed along with coursework. The two exams make up the AS Level, the next two exams comprise the A2 Level and together they form the A Level. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently available in paper-based format, therefore, you will receive the full course materials as well as a useful study guide.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Tutor support

      Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

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