A-Level Philosophy is an introduction to philosophical thinking and the subject matter of philosophy. It is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the fundamental concepts and methods of philosophy and introduce you to the fascinating study of thought itself.
This A-Level is awarded by AQA.
You will develop essential skills that you need for progression to higher education. You will learn to be clear and precise in your thinking and writing. You will engage with complex texts, analysing and evaluating the arguments of others and constructing and defending your own arguments.
Through the study of philosophy, you will be encouraged to develop characteristics such as open-mindedness, independent thinking and self-reflection.
A-Level Philosophy comprises of four topic areas taught over the two-year course: Theory of Knowledge and Moral Philosophy in the first year; and Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Mind in the second year. In Theory of Knowledge you will study the nature and scope of knowledge and justified belief. In Moral Philosophy, you will investigate the meaning of good, bad, right and wrong within three ethical approaches. In Philosophy of Religion, you will analyse different arguments for the existence of God. In the final topic of Philosophy of Mind, we ask and investigate the question 'what do we mean by mind?'.
The course is delivered by a philosophy specialist, having both a BA and MA in Philosophy.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above which must include Maths
GCSE English Language or English Literature at Grade 6
After Your Course
Progression to Higher Education in similar and related subjects. The study if Philosophy gives a good grounding for all discursive subjects at higher levels and provides a life skill which promotes tolerance, understanding and the techniques to win arguments!
It complements careers in large variety of fields such as Law, Medicine, Business, Politics and Science.
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2023/24 academic year.
Level 3-6 Courses
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/23).
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16-18 year olds
There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another institution.