Philosophy - A Level

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Course Code : UOL31
Format : Paper
Accreditation : AQA
Suggested Duration : 18 Months
Level : A Level

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Course Description

Philosophy - A Level (Standard or Fast Track)

Need to achieve an A Level within 12 months?

This is the ideal programme for learners to gain access in to higher education at University.

We make it our priority to mark your work as quickly as possible, so you are fully prepared to sit your examinations in June of each year.

An Advanced Level in Philosophy, is a suitable qualification for individuals who would like to develop their learning knowledge of this subject.

Please Note:

Due to legislation changes in some A Level specifications, the last opportunity to you will have to sit the exam on this course is June 2016.

We will be updating our A Level courses, to meet with the new specification in due course. Once these courses are released the first opportunity you will have to complete these exams will be June 2017.

Such understanding can allow students to progress on to higher education. 

The following specification has been created to allow learners to:

  • Gain a broad introduction to philosophy

  • Develop a range of transferable skills which can be applied to other areas

  • Look at philosophical problems through a particular text

  • Gain an understanding of the main philosophical texts, concepts and techniques

  • Form their own judgements and contribute to the process of debate

Students will be required to study the following four units:

As Level 

Unit 1: PHIL1 An Introduction to Philosophy 1 (written paper: 1 hours 30 minutes)

Unit 2: PHIL2 An Introduction to Philosophy 2 (written paper: 1 hour 30 minutes)

A2 level

Unit 3: PHIL3 Key Theme in Philosophy (written paper 2 hours)

Unit 4: PHIL4 Philosophical Problems (written paper 1 hour 30 minutes)

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Course Content

AS Level

Unit 1: PHIL1 An Introduction to Philosophy 1

  • Epistemology: Reason and Experience

  • Mind and Metaphysics: Persons

  • Politics and Religion: why should I be governed?

Unit 2: PHIL2 An Introduction to Philosophy 2

  • Epistemology: Knowledge of the External World

  • Mind and Metaphysics: free Will and Determinism

  • Politics and Religion: God and the World


A2 Level

Unit 3 PHIL3 Key Themes in Philosophy

  • Philosophy of the mind

  • Political philosophy

  • Epistemology and metaphysics

  • Moral philosophy

  • Philosophy of religion

  • Unit 4 PHIL4: Philosophical Problem

  • Introducing the Meditations

  • The method of doubt and its purpose

  • Inducing doubt

  • The Cogito

  • Clear and distinct ideas

  • The first proof of God

  • The Cartesian circle

  • Essential natures

  • Removing scepticism

  • Mind and body

  • Dualistic problems


Recommended Reading 

AQA Philosophy AS Student Book, Atherton, Cluett, Mcadoo, Rawlinson and Didoli, Nelson Thornes, 2008, ISBN 9780748798582

AQA An Introduction to Philosophy for AS level (Philosophy in Focus series), Jones, Hayward and Cardinal, Hodder Education, 2008, ISBN 9780340965252

Meditations, Descartes, translated by F E Sutcliffe, Penguin Classics 1999, ISBN, 0140442065


No Previous Knowledge Required

Students do not require any previous learning knowledge or experience needed to enrol on to this course.  Learners will need to work hard on this course to grasp an understanding of difficult concepts and models. This is the ideal course for individuals that would like to develop and improve their knowledge and understanding of this subject area. You will be required to have excellent writing skills and a high level of reading ability.


Course Modules

AS Level

  • Unit 1: PHIL1 An Introduction to Philosophy 1

  • Unit 2: PhIL2 An Introduction to Philosophy 2

A2 Level

  • Unit 3: PHIL3 Key Themes in Philosophy

  • Unit 4: PHIL4 Philosophical Problems



Students will receive a course manual and a study guide on enrolment. Students will be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have, throughout the duration of the programme (via mail or email). Learners will also be able to access are student help desk who are available to provide any practical advice you may require throughout your studies (via email or telephone). When studying our A-Levels you will be able to access 18 months tutor support.



To achieve the Philosophy A-Level qualification, students will be required to have several assignments. Your personal tutor will review and mark your work. Learners only need to send the assignments to your tutor. You do not need to submit your self-assessment activities and exercises, as they are for you to monitor your personal progress. 

Students are required to sit their examinations at an AQA centre. We will provide you with a list of centre locations within the course pack. 


Awarding Organisation

The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) has a well-known reputation for promoting education for the benefit of the public as well as draw on long experience of both setting and marking exams such as GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications. This is the largest of three English exam boards. On a national basis, AQA award 49% of full course GCSEs and also 42% of A-Levels. Learners sit more than 3.5 million examinations each year with AQA.


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