A-Level Philosophy


This A-Level Philosophy course will introduce you to theories and ideas from some of the greatest minds to have contributed to both Western and Eastern thinking throughout history. Aside from the study of philosophy itself, you will be developing transferable skills such as independent thinking and the building of rational arguments.

A Philosophy A-Level will bring you to evaluate key philosophical concepts and explore life’s big questions. This is a great door-opener for social-led and philosophical-led university degree courses.

SKU: X917 Category:

250 – 300 Study Hours

Level 3 Difficulty

56 UCAS Points

AQA Awarding Body

Course Overview

All enrolments now will be for exams in Summer 2022.
You will be required to complete the three standard written exams.

Official exams

  • 3 hours, 50% of marks
  • 3 hours, 50% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own.

During your course, you’ll be required to complete a number of assignments.

These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

Course Content

  • Philosophical terminology
  • What is knowledge?
  • Responses to Gettier
  • Direct realism
  • Indirect realism
  • Berkeley’s idealism
  • Rationalism, empiricism and innatism
  • Innatism
  • Empiricism: the tabula rasa argument
  • The intuition and deduction thesis
  • Empiricist responses
  • Scepticism: the limits of knowledge
  • Introduction to ethics
  • Utilitarianism
  • Kantian ethics
  • Aristotelian virtue ethics
  • Moral realism
  • Moral anti-realism
  • Applied ethics
  • The concept of God
  • The design argument
  • Swinburne’s design argument
  • The cosmological argument
  • The ontological argument
  • The problem of evil
  • Religious language
  • Introduction to the metaphysics of mind
  • Substance of dualism
  • Philosophical behaviourism
  • Mind-brain type identity theory
  • Eliminative materialism
  • Functionalism
  • Property dualism
  • Functionalism
  • Property dualism
  • Epiphenomenalism
  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X917
  • Qualification code: 7172

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Entry Requirements

Its recommended that you’re educated to GCSE standard or equivalent for the best chance at success.

Why Distance Learning?

If your Sixth Form doesn’t offer the courses you want – Study an A-Level through distance learning. You will sit the same exams and get the same A-Levels as you would in school, but are able to study at a time and place to suit you.

Plus, the results and transcript you’ll get will be exactly the same as if you’d studied in school, and your A Levels will be respected by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. There will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking. Your personal tutor can provide more details.
Yes, there are additional texts you should read to supplement your learning: (1) Philosophy for AS and A Level: Epistemology and Moral Philosophy, M Lacewing, Routledge 2017. (2) Philosophy for A Level: Metaphysics of God and Metaphysics of Mind, M Lacewing, Routledge 2017.
Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.
You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Assignments are marked by your personal tutor within 5 days. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.
That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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