Philosophy - A Level (AQA)

Start Date: 5 September 2022
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Location: King's Cross Centre
Suitable for: School Leavers (16-18)

About The Course

If you have ever wondered where the world started or what the meaning of life is, then you have already been thinking philosophically. Studying Philosophy helps you gain a thorough grounding in key concepts, themes, texts and techniques, enabling you to develop the ability to reason, form your own judgements, express yourself coherently and contribute to the process of debate. It also allows you to consider philosophical problems through the study of text. 
You will be asked questions about the nature of morality; what makes an action morally good or bad, right or wrong and how can we know this? Is it just a matter of opinion, or are some things (objectively) good or bad in themselves?
You will consider the nature of the mind; is it an entirely different 'thing' from the body? What kind of 'thing' is it? Is it a physical thing or a non-physical thing? What kind of problems stem from believing it to be one or the other?
You will question the nature of knowledge; what does it mean exactly to know? You will then apply these questions to the field of religion; what can we know about the nature of God and whether or not God exists.

What Will I Study?

Topics covered can include:

  • What is 'knowledge'?
  • The tripartite view
  • Perception as a source of knowledge
  • Reason as a source of knowledge
  • The limits of knowledge
  • Normative ethical theories
  • Utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, Aristotelian ethics 
  • Applied Ethics
  • Meta-ethics
  • Moral realism 
  • Moral anti-realism
  • The concept and nature of 'God' 
  • Arguments relating to the existence of God
  • Ontological arguments, teleological arguments, cosmological arguments 
  • The Problem of Evil
  • Religious Language
  • What do we mean by 'mind'?
  • Dualist theories (substance dualism, property dualism)
  • Physicalist theories
  • Physicalism, Mind-brain type identity theory, eliminative materialism 
  • Functionalism

What Will I Need?

You will need:

  • Three GCSEs at grade 5 or above plus two further GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths
  • If your English Language GCSE is at grade 4, one of your three GCSEs at grade 5 or above must be a literary subject (e.g. English Literature, History, Business Studies, Sociology, Geography)
  • A reference from your previous school/college

All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.

How Will I Be Assessed?

During the 1st year there will be 5 formal internal assessments which you will need to pass in order to progress into the 2nd year. At the end of the 2nd year there are two public examinations.

What Will It Cost?

School Leavers

If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.

What Can I Do After?

Progress to a wide range of degree and other higher education courses, apprenticeships or employment.


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